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  • April 24, 2018

Senate HELP Advances Critical Investment in Kids' Health

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CHGME Reauthorization Moves to Full Senate for Consideration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to advance S. 2597, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018, to the full Senate. Children's hospitals thank the bill's champions, Sens. Robert P. Casey, Jr., D-Pa., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., for their continued leadership, as well as HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Ranking Member Patty Murray, D-Wash., for their consideration of 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 independent 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.

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 pass this critical reauthorization; strengthening the pediatric workforce means strengthening our children's health and the future of the nation.

About the Children's Hospital Association

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.