Texas Reps. Green, Burgess Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Program
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, two Energy and Commerce Committee members introduced bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program for five years at $330 million for the fiscal year 2019. The bill is sponsored by Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX) and Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Chairman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX).
The Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program provides direct financial support to children’s hospitals to train medical residents and fellows. The program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is authorized in Section 340E of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA)
Hospitals typically receive support for graduate medical education (GME) through Medicare, and those payments are provided to hospitals based on their Medicare patient volume. Because the Medicare program is used primarily by people who are over the age of 65, and children’s hospitals treat primarily people below the age of 18, children’s hospitals have low Medicare patient volume and receive few Medicare GME payments.
“A robust pediatric workforce is essential to ensuring that no child lacks access to high-quality medical care,” said Rep. Green. “The CHGME recipient hospitals represent less than one percent of all hospitals, yet train half of all the nation’s pediatricians and pediatric specialists. Reauthorizing CHGME represents a commitment to ensuring that children throughout the country have access to the quality care they need.”
“Children’s access to quality healthcare is a key priority for me, and reauthorizing the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education is yet another step in our bipartisan commitment to ensure children’s teaching hospitals have the resources to train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists,” said Rep. Burgess. “Strengthening the pediatric workforce and propelling innovative pediatric research are critical components realized through this program. Throughout his time in Congress, Rep. Green has been a tireless advocate for children’s health care, and I appreciate my fellow Texan’s work on this important issue.”
Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).