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Trauma Bills Introduced in Congress

Jul 15, 2014

The "Improving Trauma Care Act" (H.R. 3548), introduced by Representative Bill Johnson (R-OH), amends the Public Health Service Act to improve the definition of trauma by including injuries caused by thermal, electrical, chemical, or radioactive force, commonly treated by burn centers. On May 22, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the Senate companion (S. 2406).

The "Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act" (H.R. 4080), introduced by Representatives Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) and Gene Greene (D-TX), reauthorizes Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants, which support state and rural development of trauma systems. The bill also reauthorizes pilot projects to implement and assess regionalized emergency care models. Those grants and other federally supported activities relating to trauma would be authorized at the current level of $24 million annually for four years, through fiscal 2019. On May 22, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Senate companion (S. 2405).