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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Green, Burgess Trauma Bill Goes to Mark-up

April 3, 2014
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee considers H.R. 4080, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act, introduced in February by Congressmen Gene Green (D-TX) and Michael Burgess (R-TX).

“We can’t overemphasize the importance of this bill,” Green said. “Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 45, and unfortunately, our current trauma care system remains inconsistent nationwide. Forty-five million people still lack access to trauma care during the “golden hour” after injury occurs when their life could depend on it. We’ve already made an important first step by creating these programs; we just have to make sure we continue to fund them.”

H.R. 4080 would reauthorize two grant programs, the Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants and the Regionalization of Emergency Care Systems Grants. The first supports state and rural development of trauma systems and the second funds pilot regionalized systems of emergency care to create greater efficiency of emergency medical care and transport. Funding for these programs is set to expire at the end of the year.