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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." Dr. Enderson's testimony may be found here.

TCAA Applauds Subcommittee's Passage of Trauma

Reauthorization Bills

TCAA congratulates the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on its action to approve "The Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act (HR 648)" and "The Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act" (HR 647) for full committee consideration. 

"The Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act" would among other provisions, reauthorize the Trauma and Emergency Care Systems Grants through 2020. These programs are essential to ensure the coordination of trauma care delivery among trauma centers, ambulances, helicopters, state and local governments as well as implement and evaluate innovative models of regionalized emergency care systems.

"The Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act "would among other provisions reauthorize the Trauma Care Center Grants and The Trauma Service Availability Grants through 2020. These programs would provide grants to prevent further trauma center closures and address shortfalls in trauma services and improve access to and the availability of trauma care in underserved areas. 

These programs are critical to the efficient delivery of services through trauma centers and the highly specialized trauma teams that staff them, as well as to the development of regionalized systems of trauma and emergency care that ensure timely access for injured patients to appropriate facilities.

Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Burgess and Rep. Green and the tremendous efforts of TCAA and the trauma community this vote is the first step in the 114th Congress toward improving trauma care.  TCAA and our advocacy partners submitted support letters to the committee in advance of the mark. To view the letters, please visit Trauma Coalition Support Letter Parts A - CTrauma Coalition Support Letter Parts D, F, and HTCAA HR 647 Support Letter.

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