House of Representatives Passes Green-Burgess Trauma and Emergency Care Reauthorization Legislation
(Washington, D.C.) –On Tuesday, H.R. 4080, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act passed in the House of Representatives. The legislation, authored by Representatives Gene Green (TX-29) and Michael Burgess (TX-26), reauthorizes critical grant programs that provide funding to states to support the planning, implementing, and developing of trauma care systems, and establish pilot projects to design innovative models of emergency care systems. These grants are currently set to expire at the end of year.
“These programs are very important to the health and safety of Americans around the country. Access to trauma care can mean the difference between life and death for so many who suffer severe traumatic injury, something that can happen to anyone, anywhere,” Green said. “We’re relieved that these programs will remain intact.”
The Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act authorizes appropriations for trauma care programs through FY2019, ensuring that investment and development of the most effective trauma care systems continues.