• Letter or Testimony
  • May 27, 2020

FY 2021 CHGME Testimony for Senate Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee

We submitted testimony in support of $465 million for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program in FY 2021 to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Senate Committee on Appropriations. The testimony highlights the growing need for additional funding to grow the pediatric workforce pipeline and to ensure access to specialists.

Testimony highlights:

  • Today, only 1% of all hospitals in the United States—58 children's hospitals—receive CHGME.
  • Between 2000 and 2015, CHGME-supported hospitals collectively increased the number of residents trained by 113%.
  • The current level of support provided for training kids' doctors through CHGME is declining against levels provided per trainee in the Medicare Graduate Medical Education (Medicare GME) program. In FY 2020, CHGME was funded at $340 million. At that level, the average CHGME payment per full-time equivalent (FTE) resident equates to approximately $73,000. By comparison, Medicare GME payments to general acute care hospitals are approximately $142,000 per resident.