CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
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.
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.
“Although burn injuries should fall under the definition of trauma, this is not currently the case.” 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.
 House Report 113-458, at 2.
CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant effect on the federal budget, and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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