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House votes to renew CHGME

February 8, 2013
The House on Tuesday voted 352-50 to approve AHA-supported legislation, H.R. 297, to reauthorize the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program through fiscal year (FY) 2017. The program provides funding to help independent children's hospitals in more than 30 states train pediatric residents.

“In the face of a nationwide physician shortage and increased demand for health care services, the need for pediatricians is greater than ever,” AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack said in a Jan. 31 letter of support to Reps.

Joe Pitts, R-PA, and Frank Pallone, D-NJ, the bill’s main sponsors.

“The AHA was disappointed that President Obama’s FY 2013 budget proposed to reduce CHGME funding. Not fully supporting the program would be detrimental to the mutual goals of strengthening the primary care workforce and ensuring timely access to critical, high-quality specialty care.”

CHGME’s current authorization has actually expired, but Congress has kept the program alive by appropriating $268 million for this fiscal year. “Children in our communities are counting on this program to train a future generation of pediatricians,” said Pitts.

“This is a program with proven results and it is past time that we reauthorize CHGME and provide certainty to hospitals and doctors.” The House approved a similar bill by Pitts and Pallone in 2011, but the Senate did not take up the measure. For more on the AHA’s letter, click on:http://tinyurl.com/aezo8ej.