H.R. 4290, Wakefield Act of 2014

H.R. 4290

Wakefield Act of 2014

Rep. Jim Matheson

September 9, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, September 9, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4290, the Wakefield Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4290 was introduced on March 25, 2014 by Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4290 extends the authorization of appropriations for the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program through FY 2019.


In 1984, Congress passed the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), which aims to “reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity caused by severe illness or trauma.”[1]  EMSC is designed to ensure pediatric service is integrated into an emergency medical service system and that all emergency services are provided to children.[2]  The program was last authorized in 2010.[3]

[1] House Report 113-559, at 2.
[2] See. Id.
[3] See Id.


CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 4290 would have no significant effect on the federal budget, direct spending, or revenues.[4]

[4] http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/hr4067.pdf

Additional Information

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