Children's Hospitals Welcome Increase for Pediatric Training Funds
WASHINGTON, DC — On behalf of America's children's hospitals and the patients and families they serve, we appreciate Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and his fellow Senate appropriators for allocating $375 million in FY 2022 funding for the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program.
The CHGME program is critical to the pediatric workforce, supporting the training of more than 7,000 pediatric residents annually at children's hospitals.
The increase in funding for CHGME is a much-needed step towards closing the gap between the level of support children's hospitals receive through CHGME and the support provided to train adult-focused residents through Medicare graduate medical education (GME).
In July, the House Appropriations Committee allocated $400 million in FY 2022 funding for CHGME, a level of funding children's hospitals would like to see Congress agree to in the final appropriations bill.
Created 20 years ago, CHGME is our most vital national investment in ensuring timely access to experts in physical and mental health care for children. It supports the training of half the nation’s pediatricians and most pediatric specialists, and it represents just 2% of total federal spending on graduate medical education (GME).
Children's hospitals look forward to working with lawmakers in both the House and Senate to secure robust funding for CHGME in FY 2022.