Days later, the president signed additional orders
placing religious and geographic-based restrictions on
the country’s refugee policy, all of which lived up to
his promises from the campaign trail to tighten U.S.
“Far too many children in this country already live in
constant fear that their parents will be taken into custody or deported, and the message these children received
today from the highest levels of our federal government
exacerbates that fear and anxiety,” Dr. Stein said.
The Academy’s response to President Trump’s actions
was picked up by local and national news outlets, with
pediatricians offering their perspectives to reporters
covering the orders and their potential impacts on
children and families.
For instance, Julie M. Linton, M.D., FAAP, co-chair
of the AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group,
said she has young patients who live in fear of their
parents being deported. This continuous cycle of fear
and anxiety becomes toxic stress, which has short- and
long-term health consequences.
The Academy also joined a letter to President Trump
with more than 50 other organizations, emphasizing
how the immigration orders would
impact the medical workforce by
disrupting patient care, health ed-
ucation and medical research. As
the Trump administration moves
forward with policies affecting im-
migrant children and families, the
Academy will continue to serve as
a voice for this population.
“Immigrant children and families are an integral part of our communities and our nation, and they
deserve to be cared for, treated with
compassion, and celebrated,” said
Dr. Stein. “Most of all, they deserve
to be healthy and safe.”
Message to Congress:
Protect access to care
While discussions and debates continued on Capitol Hill regarding the future of health care coverage
for Americans, the Academy joined forces with the
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the
American College of Physicians (ACP), the American
Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),
bringing forth a strong message to Congress: Protect
patients’ access to care.
Dr. Stein and AAP CEO/Executive Vice President
Karen Remley, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP, along
with leaders from the other organizations, traveled to
Washington, D.C., to deliver this message to Republican and Democratic senators who are on the front
lines of health care reform.
Representing 500,000 physicians and medical students, the organizations outlined five main recommendations to Congress:
1. Do not increase the number of uninsured.
2. Ensure a viable health care safety net.
3. Ensure vital patient protections in the health insurance marketplace.
4. Ensure sufficient premium assistance and
cost-sharing reduction subsidies.
5. Protect the individual and small group markets.
“Right now, the coverage rate among children in the
U.S. is at a historic high: 95 percent,” Dr. Stein said in
a press release announcing the recommendations. “The
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have worked
together to make this possible.”
When it comes to protecting children’s health coverage, the Academy is urging Congress to renew funding for CHIP, keep Medicaid strong by rejecting any
proposals that would lead to decreased coverage or
pediatric benefits, and to support the ACA, including
the consumer protections and reforms important to
In conjunction with the efforts in Washington, several hundred AAP members emailed their members
of Congress, amplifying the need to protect children’s
health care coverage.
“The AAP is nonpartisan but unabashedly pro-chil-dren,” said Dr. Remley when meeting with reporters
before the group’s meetings on Capitol Hill. That message continues to guide the Academy’s work to protect
health care safety net programs that work for children,
and maintaining and building on progress to ensure all
children can access health care coverage that is designed
with their needs in mind.
Washington Report continued from front page
NBC News was one of several news outlets to cover
the Academy’s response to President Trump’s executive orders on immigration.
AAP members can stay up-to-date on the
Academy’s latest federal advocacy efforts by visiting http://federaladvocacy.aap.org (login required). On the website, you can contact your
members of Congress on timely federal priorities, read about child health issues moving in
Washington and learn how you can speak up
for children at the federal level.
Organization leaders meet with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito ( R-W.Va.). Pictured from left are Dr. Stein, Nitin S.
Damle, M.D., M.S., MACP, ACP president; John Meigs Jr., M.D., AAFP president; Sen. Moore Capito; Dr. Remley;
Thomas Gellhaus, M.D., ACOG president; and William J. Burke, D.O., AOA trustee and chair of the Department of
Pictured from left: Dr. Remley, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N. Y.) and Dr. Stein
discuss children’s health coverage issues.