House passes Children's Hospitals GME reauthorization bill

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The House of Representatives last night passed the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act (S. 1557), AHA-supported legislation that would reauthorize the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program through fiscal year 2018. The bill passed the Senate last November and now goes to the president for his signature. Enacted in 1999, the program provides funding to freestanding children's hospitals for direct and indirect expenses associated with operating their medical residency programs, which train 49% of general pediatricians, 51% of all pediatric specialists and the majority of pediatric researchers and do not receive GME funding from Medicare. The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal would eliminate $265 million in funding for the CHGME program and would instead create a new competitive grant program, funded by Medicare GME cuts, for which $100 million would be set aside for CHGME.

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