As AAP president, I’ve learned that child health advocacy is not confined to the walls of a pediatric practice or even the halls of Capitol Hill. Pediatricians are as varied in the ways we advocate for children as the spectrum of child health itself.

One example of a unique way pediatricians are preparing to protect children’s health is coming Oct. 1: open enrollment for health insurance. As part of health reform implementation, individuals and families can begin enrolling in health insurance plans through the health insurance marketplace on Oct. 1, or compare plans and decide not to switch if they’re already covered. In preparation for open enrollment, your Academy is developing tools for you to share with parents, such as a checklist of things to keep in mind when selecting a health insurance plan for their children and how to learn about their state’s health insurance marketplace.

Just as pediatricians...

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