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Urge Congress to Fund the Trauma & Emergency Care Programs

 

Reach out to Your Members of Congress to Fund the Trauma

and Emergency Care Programs

 

 

We are urging Members of Congress to include $28 million of implementation funding in the FY 2017 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act for the trauma and emergency medical services programs and activities that are authorized under Sections 1201-4, 1211-32, 1241-46 and 1281-2 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA). We greatly need your assistance with this effort. Members of Congress listen to their constituents and your outreach is essential to ensuring these vital programs receive funding.

Funding for these programs will help improve access to life-saving trauma care, prevent more trauma center closures and will pilot regionalized systems of emergency care to promote greater efficiency of emergency medical and trauma care. Note trauma systems have not received any funding since 2005.

To identify what district you live or work in please visit, www.house.gov, and enter your zip code in the top right hand corner. This will generate your Member in the House of Representatives. Once you have identified your Congressional Representative, please refer to the House spreadsheet and the Senate spreadsheet for their contact information and/or their Health Legislative Assistant’s contact information. 

 

The talking points below will hopefully assist you in your requests. Thank you for your efforts!

 

Talking Points:

 

·         TCAA strongly urges the inclusion of $28 million in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill which would include funding for the following programs with a breakdown as follows:

 

$11 million for Trauma Care Center Grants/Section 1201-4 of Public Health Service Act,  1241-46 and 1281-2 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA)

$11 million for Trauma Service Availability Grants/ Section 1211-32 of (PHSA)

$3 million for Trauma Systems Planning Grant/ Section 1241-46 of (PHSA)

$3 million for Regionalization of Emergency Care Pilots/ Section 1281-2 of (PHSA

 

·         Victims of traumatic injury treated at a Level I trauma center are 25% more likely to survive than those treated at a general hospital. Unfortunately, 45 million Americans lack access to major trauma centers within the "golden hour" post injury when chances of survival are greatest. 

 

·         The federal government has not made necessary investments in trauma, leaving a fragile trauma system to falter. This looming crisis in access to trauma care must be fixed before further deterioration.

 

·         I appreciate your leadership and commitment to preserve access to trauma care.

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