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AAMC Praises Legislation to Extend Children’s Hospitals GME Program
January 18, 2013—AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D., sent a Jan. 17 letter thanking leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee for reintroducing legislation to extend the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program through FY 2017.
Subcommittee Chair Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) Jan. 15 introduced the Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act (H.R. 297), a bill they previously sponsored, and that the House twice approved, in the 112th Congress [see Washington Highlights, Dec. 21, 2012]. Despite bipartisan support for both the House bill and similar legislation in the Senate [see Washington Highlights, Sept. 9, 2011], Congress was unable to complete work on the measure before adjourning, necessitating the reintroduction.
Like the previous version of the bill, H.R. 297 authorizes up to $330 million annually in CHGME for five years, though funding levels ultimately will be decided in the annual appropriations bills. The program received $265 million in FY 2012, and Congress has not finalized yet the funding level for FY 2013.
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