TCAA Testifies Before the Energy and
Commerce Health Subcommittee (C-SPAN)
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, held a hearing on January 27th to review six bipartisan bills to secure access to trauma systems, help veterans, address the prescription drug abuse crisis, and improve the Controlled Substances Act.
Dr. Blaine Enderson, TCAA Chairman, testified on behalf of TCAA and our advocacy partners. He began his testimony by reading out loud the names of the entire trauma and emergency care coalition. Dr. Enderson expressed support for "The Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act," which passed the House last year. The bill would reauthorize two important grant mechanisms, the Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants Program and the Regionalization of Emergency Care Pilots Planning Grants. Unfortunately, the Senate was unable to pass the bill before the end of the 113th Congress. Thus, it is up to the 114th Congress to take up these important grant programs.
Dr. Enderson also spoke to the importance of passing "The Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act" (introduction forthcoming) that would reauthorize the Trauma Care Center Grants, The Trauma Service Availability Grants and the Interagency Program for Trauma Research. Dr. Enderson concluded his testimony by calling upon Congress to reauthorize the vital trauma and emergency grant programs to ensure that they will be able to continue. He also expressed gratitude for the committee’s continued commitment to trauma and emergency care.
Dr. Enderson was asked a host of questions by committee members ranging from the need for regionalized systems, the impact the lack of federal funding has on centers and systems and the significance of the "golden hour."