WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, by approving H.R. 5385
, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to prioritize children's health by continuing support for the training of more than 7,000 pediatricians annually. The bill extends the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program
for five years and is critical to maintaining our nation's pediatric workforce. Children's hospitals thank the bill’s champions, Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas, for their tireless leadership in reauthorizing this bipartisan, successful program.
CHGME provides crucial funding to qualifying children's hospitals to support the training of pediatric physicians. Despite representing only 1 percent of all hospitals, the institutions receiving CHGME funding train approximately 50 percent of all general pediatricians and pediatric specialists in the United States. The continuation of this program into the future allows children's hospitals to maintain and expand vital training programs and helps children across the nation better access their pediatric physician office visits.
On behalf of our nation's children's hospitals and the patients and families we serve, we look forward to working with Congress to finalize this critical reauthorization; supporting the pediatric workforce is an investment in our children's health and the future of the nation.