McCarthy Stands with Valley Children’s Healthcare
One of our greatest responsibilities is keeping our children safe. They exemplify not only what is good and honest in this world, but they represent our future. They are blessed with an effervescent zest for life, yet are too young to adequately defend, articulate, or express themselves. Protecting our children means supplying basic needs like food, water, and shelter, but it also means looking after their physical and mental well-being.
One of the ways our country manages children’s health is through the Children's Health Insurance Program, commonly referred to as CHIP. CHIP provides healthcare to uninsured children whose families or caretakers struggle to afford private coverage, but are ineligible for Medicaid. McCarthy helped to enact the longest extension in the program's history through federal fiscal year 2027.
“CHIP is critical to the health of millions of children,” stated McCarthy, who this week met with Todd Suntrapak of Valley Children’s Healthcare.
Valley Children’s, led by President and CEO Todd Suntrapak, is paving the way for children’s health in our community. This organization was created nearly seventy years ago when five women came together after realizing the need for a local, pediatric-centered hospital. Todd, who shares that same ardent passion for helping kids as did the founders of Valley Children’s, joined their team in 1995. He’s been a true asset to their organization ever since.
“For over two decades, Todd has been working to protect and support the health of kids in California's Central Valley and his leadership continues to inspire our community,” said McCarthy. “Valley Children’s Healthcare is at the forefront of pediatric medicine, and they have a prestigious and storied history of providing important services to children, for which we should all be thankful.”
Valley Children’s Healthcare is one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the country. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked them as one of the Best Children’s Hospitals in the country. Through the help of programs like the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME), Valley Children’s is able to receive funding to support the training of new pediatric physicians and specialists at their facilities.
“The team at Valley Children’s has directly seen enormous benefits from CHGME, a program helping to train the next generation of pediatricians who will administer world-class services to families in need.”
Finally, before concluding the meeting, McCarthy and Suntrapak reflected on the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act which recently passed both the House and Senate.
“The ACE Kids Act will help ensure that children with the rarest medical conditions receive quality and coordinated care under Medicaid. I am proud that Congress was able to act swiftly to ensure that our youngest patients are never forgotten,” said McCarthy.