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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Patient and Mother To Participate in Medicaid Advocacy Day in Harrisburg

 

WHAT: "Faces of Caring" News Conference - Hospital Medicaid Advocacy Day, hosted by The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

WHY: The proposed state Medicaid budget eliminates $149 million in state funds. The impact will hurt all of Pennsylvania's children. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh stands to lose more than $8 million in state funding. More than one-third of Children's patients are on medical assistance.

WHO: Lisa and Justin Stewart of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Justin, 10, received an isolated small bowel transplant in 2002. Justin's mother, Lisa Stewart, will discuss the importance of medical assistance to her son's care, which often requires lengthy stays at the hospital.

"If it wasn't for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the medical assistance we have received over the years, my son would not be alive and with me today," said Lisa Stewart. "I don't know how we would handle medical bills that are close to a million dollars."

Lisa added, "With cuts like these how can hospitals invest in patient safety and provide our children with the best care possible? Should they not invest in the latest equipment and not devote resources to funding cures for diseases? With these cuts - are legislators telling me - children's hospitals should not invest in my son?"

Speakers will discuss the real-world importance of maintaining a strong health care delivery system and how the proposed state budget cuts will harm patients, communities and hospitals - and they will urge lawmakers to restore state Medicaid funding for patients. More than 250 hospital leaders will be in the State Capitol on Tuesday to meet with their lawmakers.

WHERE: Media Center - Capitol East Wing, Harrisburg

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 1:30-2 p.m.

Editor's Note: If you would like to reach Lisa or Justin while in Harrisburg, please contact Melanie Finnigan via pager at: 877-803-7930, or via cell phone at: 412-965-2096.

Contacts:
Melanie Finnigan or Marc Lukasiak at 412-692-5016

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