Washington, D.C. — The Children’s Hospital Association applauds the Senate Appropriations Committee for its strong bipartisan support for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education
(CHGME) program in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS appropriations bill. The committee-approved bill would fund CHGME at $305 million, an increase of $5 million over current funding.
Children’s hospitals thank Committee leaders, including Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) for their outstanding leadership in advocating for improving access to pediatric care.
CHGME provides crucial funding to independent children’s hospitals to support the training of approximately half of all pediatricians and pediatric specialists in the United States — more than 7,000 annually. Increased funding for the program will help children’s hospitals maintain and expand vital training programs and protect gains in pediatric health and access to care for children nationwide.
The CHGME program benefits all children, supporting the training of doctors who care for children living in every state — in cities, rural communities, suburbs and everywhere in between. Strong CHGME funding is critical to the ability of children’s hospitals to train enough providers to keep up with demand at regional and national levels.
Children’s hospitals are optimistic that Congress will continue to work in a strong bipartisan manner to advance children’s health over the next several weeks by reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CHIP) prior to the program’s expiration at the end of the month. Roughly 6 million children across the country rely on CHIP for their health care coverage. CHIP works with Medicaid to provide health insurance to nearly 40 million kids nationwide who are low-income, disabled and/or have special health care needs.