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House Approves CHGME Reauthorization Bill

September 23, 2011—The House Sept. 20 approved by voice vote a bipartisan bill (H.R. 1852) to reauthorize the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program through FY 2016. Without the extension, the authorization for the program will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chair Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) authored the bill, which gathered 114 cosponsors. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved a similar bill (S. 958) Sept. 7 [see Washington Highlights, Sept. 9].

In addition to the reauthorization, the program faces a funding hurdle after the president’s FY 2012 budget proposed eliminating funding for CHGME [see Washington Highlights, Feb. 18].

During the House’s floor consideration of H.R. 1852, Chairman Pitts expressed disappointment in the administration’s funding proposal, and noted that “with the reauthorization of H.R. 1852, we hope to send a clear message to the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services that this bill is important to ensuring that children receive adequate health care.” He echoed a similar theme in a statement released after the bill’s passage, noting that the “loss of CHGME would be devastating to the supply of pediatricians … The program has been proven effective and we shouldn’t lose it now.”

The final funding level for the program will not become apparent until Congress completes work on the FY 2012 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee Sept. 21 approved its version of the spending bill with $268.4 million for CHGME, the same level of funding as in FY 2011 (see related story).

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Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525
Email: trasouli@aamc.org

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