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Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act Of 2006

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CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL GME SUPPORT REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2006 -- (House of Representatives - September 28, 2006)

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Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I also rise in support of H.R. 5574, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2006. I do want to thank the ranking member of our health subcommittee, Mr. SHERROD BROWN, for his support on our side of the aisle. He was the person who really took the lead on this legislation.

The legislation, as you know, reauthorizes the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education program until 2011 to fund residency programs in Children's Hospitals. This program is designed to help Children's teaching hospitals that do not receive significant Federal support for their resident and intern training programs through the Medicare program because of their low volume of Medicare patients.

Full-service teaching hospitals receive funds for graduate medical education through Medicare payments, but prior to the enactment of this program, independent Children's teaching hospitals did not have a similar program to fund their resident training programs for physicians.

Thankfully, Congress recognized this inequity and the financial disadvantage it placed on Children's Hospital. Now, Mr. Speaker, money from this program helps to support the broad teaching goals of Children's teaching hospitals, including training health care professionals, providing rare and specialized clinical services, and innovative clinical care, providing care to the poor and underserved, and conducting biomedical research.

Teaching hospitals have higher costs than other hospitals because of the special services they provide. This legislation seeks to alleviate that burden. On June 21, 2005, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation authorizing $100 million a year for fiscal years 2007 through 2011, to offset direct medical education costs of graduate medical education in Children's Hospitals.

The Senate amended this legislation and increased that authorization for direct costs to $110 million a year for fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

The Senate also increased the funds authorized for the indirect medical education costs of graduate medical by $20 million, providing $220 million for fiscal years 2007 through 2011.

These commendable changes will provide needed funds to the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education program. Again, I want to thank the chairman who is here on the floor, our Republican chairman, Mr. Deal, because this did end up being a bipartisan effort. I know you played a major role in making it a consensus bill. I urge all of my colleagues to support the legislation.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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