Washington, D.C. — The Children’s Hospital Association thanks the House Labor-Health & Human Services, Education & Related Agencies Subcommittee under the leadership of Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for including $300 million for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bill. This represents an increase of $5 million over current funding and is equal to the amount recommended by the Senate appropriations committee earlier this year.
CHGME provides funding to independent children’s hospitals to support training of approximately half of all pediatricians and pediatric specialists in the United States — more than 6,000 annually. 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.
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. Strong CHGME funding is critical to the ability of children’s hospitals to train enough providers to keep up with demand at regional and national levels.
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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.