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Legislation Championed by Senator Casey to Support Training of Pediatricians Poised to Become Law

September 06, 2018

The U.S. Senate approved legislation, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA), that will support and reinforce the training of pediatricians and pediatric specialists, ensuring that children’s hospitals can continue to grow this important specialized workforce.

H.R. 5385, the Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Support Reauthorization Act, was approved by the U.S. House during late July. Senate passage this week sends the legislation to the President’s desk for signature into law. 

The CHGME program provides freestanding children’s hospitals with federal graduate medical education funding to help support the training of 7,000 pediatricians annually. CHGME recipient hospitals train nearly half of all pediatricians.

The bill reauthorizes the CHGME program through 2023, at $325 million a year, a $10 million increase compared to last year's funding allocation. The House and Senate fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills, which are still pending final approval, would provide $325 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

Senator Casey led a bipartisan group of Senate and House members in introducing the five-year reauthorization for the CHGME program earlier this year. The Senate version of the legislation, S. 2597, was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee during April.

HAP applauds Senator Casey for his leadership in spearheading the CHGME reauthorization.

Please contact, Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s vice president, federal advocacy, with questions.

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