WASHINGTON, DC — The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) applauds the inclusion of proposed funding of $295 million for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education
(CHGME) program in FY 2017 and for the following four years. Furthermore, the White House proposal would convert the CHGME program from being funded through the discretionary appropriations process to receiving mandatory funding annually.
“The president’s budget is a positive development and a major step forward,” says Steven Allen, MD, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and chair of the board of CHA. “This recognition of the need to identify a stable, predictable source of funding to address long-term needs in the pediatric workforce serves as a marker to strengthen the program’s future.”
CHGME enables more than 50 children’s hospitals (only 1 percent of all hospitals) to train 6,000 pediatricians annually—approximately half of the nation’s pediatricians and pediatric specialists. CHGME has a 16-year track record of success, and secure funding is vital to addressing shortages of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The recommendation of $295 million in funding for CHGME in the budget is consistent with current year funding included in the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress in December.
While the president’s proposal serves as a marker to support the future of CHGME, ultimately, converting the program to mandatory funding would require Congress to pass legislation.
“Children’s hospitals will continue to work with the administration and bipartisan champions in Congress to secure strong, stable funding for the program, both now and in the future,” adds Allen.