H.R. 647, Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act

H.R. 647

Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act

Date
March 16, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On Monday, March 16, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 647, the Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 647 was introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on February 2, 2015 and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported unanimously by voice vote.[1]

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[1] http://energycommerce.house.gov/markup/hr-734-hr-212-hr-471-hr-639-hr-647-and-hr-648

Bill Summary

H.R. 647 amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize funding for grant programs for trauma care centers and trauma service availability for FY 2016 to 2020. This legislation also makes other technical corrections, clarifying that public, nonprofit, Indian Health Service, Indian tribal, and urban Indian trauma centers are eligible to receive grants under the Act. Additionally, this bill reassigns administrative grant distribution responsibilities to the Under Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

Background

Trauma care centers provide medical service to patients suffering from traumatic and life-threatening injuries. Many trauma care centers incur substantial uncompensated costs when treating patients unable to pay for the cost of care.[2] Under current law, funding for trauma care grant programs is $100 million per year and the appropriation expires at the end of FY 2015.[3] H.R. 647 reauthorizes funding for these grant programs, which help trauma care centers recoup unreimbursed costs and improves access to life-saving trauma health care services.

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[2] ld. at 1.
[3] (42 U.S. Code § 300d–82)

 

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is forthcoming.

Additional Information

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