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Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I strongly support the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education program and I am a cosponsor of H.R. 297. This successful program is the most important federal investment in the pediatric workforce and must be reauthorized. Failure to do so would be catastrophic to pediatric care in our country. Since this program began, it has allowed Children's Hospitals across the country, including Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, to increase training by 35%.

I believe we must spend more on Graduate Medical Education entirely, but today we have the opportunity to extend the successful Children's Hospital program which, like other GME funds, is money well spent. Despite the successes of the program, there are still many pediatric specialties that are experiencing shortages. This bill will help address this and will continue to strengthen our pediatric workforce. I look forward to voting in favor of this bill and encourage my colleagues to do the same.

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