CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, March 16, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 648, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 4080 was introduced on February 2, 2015 by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
H.R. 648 is substantively identical to H.R. 4080, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act, which passed in the House on June 24, 2014 by voice vote.
H.R. 648 reauthorizes certain trauma care programs through FY 2020. Moreover, this legislation requires that not more than 50 percent of the amounts remaining for any year after FY 2015 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.
According to the CDC, traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 45. From 1990 to 2005, 30 percent of trauma centers closed, which left 45 million Americans without access to rapid intervention after a traumatic injury. Without immediate care, trauma victims’ survival rates decrease by 25 percent. This legislation reauthorizes Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants in order to improve access to high-quality trauma care.
 House Report 113-459, at 3.
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CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost approximately $126 million over the 2015-2020 period, assuming the appropriation of the authorized amounts. Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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