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  • September 4, 2018

U.S. Senate Votes to Reauthorize CHGME and Support Nation's Pediatricians

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U.S. Senate Votes to Reauthorize CHGME and Support Nation's Pediatricians

Washington, D.C. — Today, by approving H.R. 5385, the U.S. Senate voted to prioritize children's health by continuing support for the training of more than 7,000 pediatricians annually. The bill, already passed by the House, extends the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program for five years and is critical to maintaining our nation's pediatric workforce. The legislation now heads to the White House for the president’s signature. Children's hospitals thank CHGME Senate champions Sens. Robert P. Casey, Jr., D-Pa., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., 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 thank Congress for advancing this critical reauthorization and look forward to its final enactment into law. Supporting the pediatric workforce is an investment in our children's health and the future of the nation.

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