WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health unanimously voted to advance H.R. 5385
, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018, to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. Children's hospitals thank the bill's champions, Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas — ranking member and chairman respectively of the subcommittee — for their continued leadership on this important reauthorization. This bill extends the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (
CHGME) program for five years and is critical to the future of our nation's pediatric workforce.
CHGME provides crucial funding to qualifying children's hospitals to support the training of pediatric physicians. Despite representing a mere 1 percent of all hospitals, the institutions receiving CHGME funding 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.
“Our children deserve the best care available to them, and ensuring that we have an adequately prepared pediatric workforce is vital to providing quality health care to our children,” Chairman Burgess noted before the vote.
“The CHGME program is needed now more than ever to help train the pediatric workforce which will be required to meet the needs of our children and grandchildren,” Ranking Member Green said in support of the reauthorization.
On behalf of our nation's children's hospitals and the patients and families we serve, we look forward to working with Congress to pass this critical reauthorization; strengthening the pediatric workforce means strengthening our children's health and the future of the nation.