Mattie & Melinda Bill Re-introduced in U.S. Congress

Posted on: May 20th, 2014 by jeni No Comments


Hospice Care Changes Mattie Lobbied for
Another Step Closer to Becoming Law

The Mattie & Melinda Bill support logo, created by Children’s Hospital International featuring artwork by Mattie J.T. Stepanek.


The Mattie & Melinda Bill – the Children’s Program of All-Inclusive Coordinated Care (ChiPACC) Act of 2014 – has been re-introduced in the United States Congress by U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and Jim Moran of Virginia.


The bill was recently co-sponsored by Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas, known as a champion in the hospice care industry.


This bill (H.R. 4605)  is in loving remembrance of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Melinda Lawrence.


From 1997 to 2004, Mattie lobbied with Children’s Hospice International and on Capitol Hill for changes to hospice guidelines and laws that impact children with life-threatening conditions and their families.


Melinda was another youth who died as a result of neuromuscular disease, and who inspired Ann Armstrong-Dailey to establish CHI during the 1980s.


“With the enactment of this important legislation, states would have the flexibility to establish their own ChiPACC program,” Dailey said, and “to provide critical services to children with life-threatening conditions.”


Click here to read the Press Release
issued by CHI on the Mattie & Melinda Bill


Click here to read news about CHI Founder 
– Ann Armstrong Dailey – 
inducted into NAHCH Hall of Fame (Oct 2014)

Click on the images below to enlarge…




Return to News main page 


Return to Our Collaborators page




October Spotlight

In-Kind Support

Celebrating our "in kind" sponsors and advocates -- who support Mattie's Foundation with services and materials. Thank you ezStorage, Montgomery Printing, Parcel Plus, and Potomac Valley Brick! Read more...

Nourishment Support

Celebrating our "nourishment" sponsors and advocates -- who support Mattie's Foundation with food and services. Thank you Botanero Restaurant, Fontina Grille, Safeway, Coffee Republic, and Red Hot & Blue! Read more...

Community Support

Celebrating our "community" sponsors and advocates -- who support Mattie's Foundation with commitment and participation. Thank you City of Rockville, King Farm Citizen's Assembly, Kick's Karate & Mix 107.3! Read more...

Champion Support

Celebrating our "Foundation Champions" -- sponsors and volunteers of all ages who support Mattie's Foundation through donations, brick sponsorships, participation in our activities and events. Thank you!!! Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek