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CHGME, Preparedness Bills Advance

January 25, 2013—The House Energy and Commerce Committee Jan. 22 approved by unanimous consent legislation (H.R. 297) to reauthorize the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program.

Health Subcommittee Chair Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), who sponsored the bill with Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), noted that the House approved the legislation twice in the 112th Congress with bipartisan support, and he submitted to the record a Jan. 17 AAMC letter praising the bill [see Washington Highlights, Jan. 18]. In addition to Chairman Pitts, Reps. Pallone, Bob Latta (R-Ohio), and Lois Capps (D-Calif.) also spoke about the importance of reauthorizing the CHGME program.

During the hearing, the committee officially appointed members to its subcommittees (see related story) and adopted rules for the 113th Congress. The committee also approved other outstanding legislation from the 112th Congress, including a measure (H.R. 225) authorizing the National Institutes of Health to fund pediatric research networks and a measure (H.R. 235) that would provide demonstration grants for states to streamline their requirements for returning veterans to enter the emergency medical technician (EMT) workforce. H.R. 235 would fund the veterans program with $1 million from the Title VII Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program.

Meanwhile, the House voted 395-29, to approve the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 307). Like its counterpart in the 112th Congress, which stalled after winning the House’s approval, the bill renews and extends several existing preparedness programs [see Washington Highlights, Dec. 21, 2012].


Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525


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