Pitts-Casey Bill to Help Children’s Hospitals Goes to President

Apr 1, 2014 Issues: Health Care

The U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1557, the Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act, this evening by a voice vote. This is the companion legislation of a bill Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) introduced in the House, H.R. 297. The bill’s sponsor in the Senate is Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA).

The following are Congressman Pitts’ remarks from the House floor as prepared:

“I am glad that today we will pass a bill that will help keep American children healthy.

Today, the House considers S. 1557, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013.

This is companion legislation to my bill, H.R. 297, which passed the House at the beginning of this Congress.

I am pleased that we’ve worked out the slight differences between the bills and that we can now reauthorize an important program that makes sure our nation has enough doctors trained to treat children.

The Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program helps encourage more young doctors to purse this important specialty. Without it, we would certainly see fewer medical professionals enter pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties.

Children need doctors trained just to treat them. Nationwide, this program supports the training of more than 5,000 doctors.

Locally in my area of Pennsylvania, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia participates in the program. I’ve had the privilege of visiting the hospital a number of times, and meeting with the young patients and the doctors learning how to treat them.

I’m proud to have worked on this legislation with Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone. We originally introduced this bill in the 112th Congress. It’s been a long road, and I’m glad we can finally send this bill to the President for his signature.

This is yet another bipartisan bill we’ve successfully move through the Health Subcommittee. It’s proof that despite our differences, we can find common ground and work together on legislation to help Americans stay healthy.”

Video of his remarks are available at: http://youtu.be/uxA9aSMdowQ.