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House committee passes Children's Hospitals GME reauthorization bill

January 22, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved by unanimous consent AHA-supported legislation (H.R. 297) to reauthorize the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program through fiscal year 2017. The program provides funding to help freestanding children's hospitals train pediatric residents. Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said he hopes the bill will move to the House floor as soon as possible. A similar measure passed the House last year, but was not taken up in the Senate. Reps. Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) reintroduced the legislation last week.