Pitts’ childrens hospital legislation passes committee

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Rep. Joe Pitts (R-16) with Anna Lipsman (far left), her sister Leah, and mother Elaine.

WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved Rep. Joe Pitts’ (R-PA) bill, H.R. 1852 Thursday, reauthorizing the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program. This program helps train doctors in pediatrics and in pediatric subspecialties.

Rep. Pitts’ statement follows:

“After receiving the unanimous approval of the Health Subcommittee earlier this week, the full Energy and Commerce Committee approved my bill to help train pediatricians. This important program needs to be reauthorized before September 30 of this year. With 40 percent of all pediatricians being trained through this program, without my legislation we risk a shortage of doctors trained to treat children.

“This week, I had a strong reminder of why my bill is so important. Anna Lipsman, a ten-year old from West Chester, Pa. visited my office to tell me about the treatment she is receiving at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She was diagnosed with leukemia, and with the assistance of the pediatricians she is successfully fighting this disease.

“Unfortunately, President Obama eliminated the funding for this program in his fiscal year 2012 budget. Frankly, the funding for this program was not there because of the billions of dollars in new health programs created by last year’s new health care law. A proven program that is doing good things was cast aside in favor of wasteful and duplicative spending.

“My bill has strong bipartisan support, and I believe that we have the resources to make sure that CHGME keeps training doctors to treat young and vulnerable patients.”

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