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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.

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:

 

Support Funding for Trauma Programs: Include $28 million of implementation funding in the FY 2018 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations bill for the trauma care programs and activities that are authorized under the Public Health Service Act (PHSA). Funding for these programs will help improve access to life-saving trauma care, prevent more trauma center closures and develop regionalized systems of emergency care to promote greater efficiency of emergency care. We understand the challenges surrounding reauthorization of these programs. We want to underscore their importance and thank you for your willingness to work with us to get them funded.

  • Treating severely injured patients at trauma centers reduces mortality by more than 25 percent.
  • Unfortunately, approximately 46.7 million Americans lack access to Level I trauma centers within the "golden hour" post injury when chances of survival are greatest.
  • The federal government has not made necessary investments in maintaining and increasing the number of trauma centers in the U.S., leaving a fragile trauma system and too many Americans without timely access to trauma care.
  • From 1990-2005, 30% of trauma centers closed, disproportionately impacting vulnerable patients. The primary reason for trauma center closure is lack of funding.
  • There is no mechanism in place to facilitate the sharing and promotion of best practices between the military and civilian trauma care providers.
  • This looming crisis in access to trauma care must be fixed before further deterioration.
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