H.R. 4080, Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act

H.R. 4080

Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act

Date
June 24, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4080, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4080 was introduced on February 24, 2014 by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4080 reauthorizes certain trauma care programs through FY 2019.  Moreover, this legislation requires that not more than 50 percent of the amounts remaining for any year after FY 2014 be allocated for competitive grants to support pilot projects for emergency care and trauma systems.  Finally, this legislation requires the inclusion of standards and requirements of the American Burn Association in trauma care modifications of a state plans for providing emergency medical services.

Background

According to the CDC, traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 45.[1]  From 1990 to 2005, 30 percent of trauma centers closed, which left 45 million Americans without access to rapid intervention after a traumatic injury.[2]  Without immediate care, trauma victims’ survival rates decrease by 25 percent.[3]  This legislation reauthorizes Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants in order to improve access to high-quality trauma care.

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[1] http://www.cdc.gov/traumacare/pdfs/traumacentersfactsheet20090921-a.pdf
[2] House Report 113-459, at 3.
[3] Id. at 3.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost approximately $101 million over the 2015-2019 period, assuming the appropriation of the authorized amounts.[4]  Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.

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[4] http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45273

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.