Reps. Green and Burgess Introduce Trauma and Emergency Care Reauthorization Bill
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –Today, Representatives Gene Green (TX-29) and Michael Burgess (TX-26) introduced H.R 4080, The Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act to enhance critical trauma systems in the U.S.
H.R. 4080 would reauthorize two important 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.
“Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 45,” Green said. “The even bigger tragedy is that many of these deaths could be prevented if victims had access to trauma care within an hour of a severe traumatic injury.”
The ability to deliver trauma care services within an hour of injury can make the difference between life and death. Currently, authorization of these critical programs is set to expire at the end of the year.
“The assumption that trauma care will always be there when we need it is sadly untrue,” Burgess said. “Forty-two states lack fully developed trauma systems. To let another system atrophy is to let the disparity between areas with access to trauma care and those that don’t increase until entire states lack critical care that will save its residents when the unthinkable happens. We cannot let that happen.”
The Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act is supported by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Burn Association, the Association of Critical Care Transport the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Trauma Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Orthopedic Trauma Association and the Trauma Center Association of America.
Reps. Gene Green and Michael Burgess serve on the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health.