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TCAA Applauds House's Passage of the Trauma Systems and Regionalization
of Emergency Care Re-authorization Act

 

TCAA congratulates the House of Representatives on its action to pass by voice vote on June 24, H.R. 4080, the “Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Re-authorization Act.” TCAA worked tirelessly with Dr. Burgess (R-TX) and Representative Gene Green (D-TX) to advance this vital legislation.  The legislation will reauthorize crucial programs that provide grants to states for planning, implementing and developing trauma-care systems, and establish pilot projects to design, implement and evaluate innovative models of emergency-care systems. These programs would again be authorized at $12 million each for fiscal years 2015-2019.

 

Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Burgess and Rep. Green and the tremendous efforts of the trauma community this vote is the first step toward improving trauma care by authorizing seed money to the States to develop and enhance their trauma systems and improve the coordination of potentially-lifesaving services within defined geographic areas. We anticipate that the Senate will follow suit shortly  if we continue to increase the number of cosponsors. Please click on the Legislative Software button to urge your Senators to cosponsor and enact this legislation.

The Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants and the Regionalization of Emergency Care Pilots Trauma authorization expire this year and thus these programs were addressed first. The authorization for the Trauma Care Center and Service Availability Grants expire in 2015 and will be developed as independent legislation in the near future.

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