Children’s Hospital Gme Support Reauthorization Act of 2013by Representative Anna G. Eshoo
Posted on 2013-02-04
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 4, 2013
Ms. ESHOO. Mr. Speaker, the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical
Education program was first created in 1999, because there were not
nearly enough pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists to serve the
children of our country. The program has been overwhelmingly
successful, increasing the number of pediatricians by 35 percent.
Today, CHGME provides funding to train more than 40 percent of
pediatricians in the U.S. However, at current funding levels, we still
don't have enough providers to treat the unique needs of children in
I cannot emphasize enough how critical this funding is to stand-alone children's hospitals, such as Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in my Congressional District. We have a responsibility to help train the next generation of pediatricians who will care for our children through the earliest, and often the most critical time of their lives. Under the Affordable Care Act, all Americans will have access to healthcare, but we have to ensure we have an adequate medical workforce to care for them.
I look forward to the passage of CHGME reauthorization in the House, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to see that we move forward with a bill that can swiftly pass both bodies and be sent to the President for his signature.