H.R. 3548, Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014

H.R. 3548

Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014

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

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 3548, the Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 3548 was introduced on November 20, 2013 by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3548 amends the Public Health Service Act, to expand the definition of “trauma” to include thermal, electrical, chemical, radioactive, and other extrinsic agents.

Background

“Although burn injuries should fall under the definition of trauma, this is not currently the case.”[1]  Under the current definition, a burn is not considered “trauma,” which leads to inconsistencies in the coverage and treatment of burn victims.  This legislation updates the definition of trauma in order to limit these inconsistencies.

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[1] House Report 113-458, at 2.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant effect on the federal budget, and would not affect direct spending or revenues.[2]

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[2] http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45268

Additional Information

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