Re-Introduction of the STAR Act in the 115th Congress
McCaul-Van Hollen Applaud House Passage of CHGME Reauthorization
WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), co-chairs of the Childhood Cancer Caucus, applaud House passage of H.R. 1852, the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Support Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA).
The CHGME program provides freestanding children’s hospitals with federal GME funding to support pediatric medical training and research activities. Over the past decade, CHGME has successfully expanded and improved the delivery of pediatric health care across the nation. Reauthorization of this critical program is a top priority of the Childhood Cancer Caucus.
“Childhood cancer patients directly benefit from the CHGME program, which provides funds to train nearly 60% of the nation’s pediatric oncologists,” said McCaul. “I am proud that the House has passed this bill which is critical to the caucus' mission to eradicate pediatric cancer.” Overall, the 56 freestanding children’s teaching hospitals that receive CHGME train 40 percent of all general pediatric residents and 43 percent of all pediatric specialty residents.
Since its enactment in 1999, the CHGME program has proven to be a remarkable success, attracting wide bicameral and bipartisan support. H.R. 1852 would extend the CHGME program for an additional five years, from FY 2012 through FY 2016, at its current authorization level of $330 million.
In July, Chairmen McCaul and Van Hollen urged their fellow lawmakers to support sustained CHGME funding in a Dear Colleague letter sent to members of the House Childhood Cancer Caucus. On September 9th, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved its own CHGME funding bill, S. 958, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). Consideration by the full Senate is expected soon.
To see a copy of copy of the Dear Colleague letter, please click on the link below.