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Support the Reauthorization of the Trauma Systems Regionalization of Emergency Care Act Now!



TCAA worked tirelessly with Dr. Burgess (R-TX) and Representative Gene Green (D-TX) to advance reauthorization language in the House of Representatives.  The Trauma Systems Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act, H.R. 4080, would reauthorize two important grant mechanisms, the Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants and the Regionalization of Emergency Care Systems. The first supports state and rural development of trauma systems and the second funds pilot projects to design, implement, and evaluate innovative models of regionalized emergency care. It would also direct states to update their model trauma care plan with the input of updated stakeholders one year after enactment.

TCAA urges Congress to cosponsor and enact this vital legislation prior to the expiration of the programs. 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. Dr. Burgess and Representative Green are preparing a second bill that will reauthorize all the programs. 



Dear Colleague Letter Victory!

In order to see any future funding, the programs must be reauthorized so the House and Senate Appropriations Committee can choose to fund the programs during the appropriations process. Accordingly, TCAA members have conducted outreach to their Members of Congress requesting that they sign on to a Dear Colleague letter spearheaded by Dr. Burgess and Rep. Green requesting funding for all four of the Trauma and Emergency Care Programs. More specifically, the letter called for Congress to include $28 million of implementation funding in the FY 2015 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Burgess and Rep. Green and the tremendous efforts of the trauma community the following Members of the House of Representatives signed-on to the letter:

Charles B. Rangel

Bobby L. Rush

Yvette D. Clarke

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Earl Blumenauer

Elijah E. Cummings

Collin C. Peterson

Joe Courtney

Sheila Jackson Lee

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Chellie Pingree

Bill Johnson

Albio Sires

Steve Cohen

Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Marc Veasey

Dan Benishek M.D.

Carol Shea-Porter

Filemon Vela

Ann Kirkpatrick

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Christopher H. Smith

Patrick Meehan

Raul Ruiz

John Delaney

Al Green

Henry A. Waxman

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