WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an important victory for children’s health, the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill signed Friday by President Obama, includes $295 million in funding for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME), a program that helps children’s hospitals train 6,000 pediatricians annually, an increase of $30 million from last year.
“Children’s hospitals thank Congress for prioritizing children’s health by increasing funding for this vital pediatric training program,” says Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Association. “The key to children accessing the care they need is ensuring there are enough pediatricians and pediatric specialists who have received the highly specialized training required to successfully treat this population.”
The CHGME program supports child health by providing federal support to independent children’s teaching hospitals, comparable to what the government provides to adult teaching hospitals through Medicare. CHGME recipient hospitals train approximately half of the nation’s pediatricians and pediatric specialists. Since the introduction of CHGME, the number of residents trained by children’s hospitals has increased by 40 percent. Importantly, the CHGME program has broadened the training experiences of pediatric residents, providing more opportunities for residents to practice in underserved urban and rural areas.
The CHGME program benefits all children, supporting the training of doctors who go on to care for children living in every state — in cities, rural communities, suburbs and everywhere in between. Increased funding for the program will help children’s hospitals maintain and expand vital training programs and protect gains in pediatric health and access to care for children nationwide.
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.