Sens. Casey and Isakson and Reps. Green and Burgess champion CHGME
Washington, D.C. —Today, bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reauthorize the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program for five years. Children's hospitals applaud this step to extend this critical investment in children's health, and thank the sponsors of S. 2597, Sens. Robert P. Casey, Jr., D-Pa., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and the sponsors of H.R. 5385, Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas, for their leadership on this issue and tireless advocacy on behalf of the nation's children. Sens. Casey and Isakson are joined as original co-sponsors by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Jack Reed, D-R.I., David Perdue, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.
CHGME provides crucial funding to independent children's hospitals to support the training of pediatric physicians. Despite representing a mere 1 percent of all hospitals, the institutions receiving CHGME support train approximately half of all general pediatricians and pediatric specialists in the United States — more than 7,000 annually. The continuation of this program into the future 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.
"Pediatricians serve children and families in all our communities and their training programs are critical to the missions of our children's hospitals," said Rick W. Merrill, president and chief executive officer of Cook Children's Health Care System and chair of the Board of Trustees for the Children's Hospital Association. "Reauthorizing CHGME is essential to our ability to care for all the nation's children."
"The training support provided by CHGME reduces pediatrician shortages and improves access to care for children in need," said Donna Hyland, president and chief executive officer of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. "We thank the bills' sponsors in the Senate and House for their great bipartisan work on behalf of children's health."
The bills will now be referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee. On behalf of our nation's children's hospitals and the patients and families we serve, Children's Hospital Association looks forward to working with Congress to advance this crucial reauthorization.