• Press Release
  • May 8, 2019

Appropriations Committee Takes Step to Invest in Kids’ Health

Media Contact

Committee approves $350 million for CHGME in FY 2020

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved $350 million in FY 2020 for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program. If approved by Congress, this funding level represents an important initial step in creating greater parity in graduate medical education programs supporting the training of our nation’s physician workforce. Children's hospitals thank Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., and Ranking Member Kay Granger, R-Texas, as well as Subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Ranking Member Tom Cole, R-Okla., for their commitment to the nation's children and the pediatricians and pediatric specialists caring for them.
CHGME provides 58 children's hospitals with critical funding to support the training of pediatric residents and fellows. Today, the equivalent GME program for general acute care hospitals—where the training of most adults’ doctors occurs—provides double the funding support per resident as CHGME. The Committee’s proposed funding increase for CHGME is an important step towards closing this gap between our investments in children and adults.
On behalf of the patients and families we serve, we look forward to working with Congress to complete the funding process for this critical, bipartisan program. An investment in children's health care is an investment in the future of our 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.