The AAMC joined 32 other organizations in a March letter to the Senate and House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education) Appropriations Subcommittee leaders, urging $738 million for the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program for fiscal year (FY) 2024.
The letter thanked the subcommittee leadership for providing $385 million for CHGME in FY 2023, which is a $10 million (2.7%) increase over FY 2022 enacted levels [refer to Washington Highlights, Jan. 4]. The letter’s ask of $738 million in FY 2024 is $353 million (92%) above the FY 2023 enacted level.
The CHGME program trains 50% of the nation’s pediatricians and 60% of pediatric specialists, as the letter pointed out, and over two-thirds of CHGME-supported physicians remain in the state where they completed their residency.
“CHGME is a critical investment in our country’s health care future to help ensure children will have the care they need across provider settings,” the letter concluded.
Both the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education subcommittees have heard testimony from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra regarding the president’s FY 2024 budget request, which proposes flat funding, or $385 million, for CHGME [refer to Washington Highlights, March 10].