STN Advocacy Alert - TCAA Action Needed

March 2, 2016
ACT NOW- for Trauma Center Funding
 
 
Reach out to Your Members of Congress to Fund the Trauma and Emergency Care Programs 

Requesting all communication by March 11, 2016


Attention STN Members:

The Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) needs your help. Dr. Burgess and Representatives Green, Hudson and Rush introduced the Trauma Funding Request Letter and i
t is important that we in the trauma community speak loudly together. We urge each and every one of you to reach out to your legislator and make your voice heard in support of Trauma Center Funding. 

The House approved both 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) last year. These programs are reauthorized through 2020 and 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. Additionally, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced S. 763, the “Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act.”

We anticipate Senate legislation on trauma center programs shortly and continue to work with our Senate champions to ensure such legislation is enacted.

In order to see any future funding, the programs must be reauthorized so the House and Senate Appropriations Committee can choose to fund the programs during the appropriations process. Accordingly, TCAA and our advocacy partners worked with Dr. Burgess (R-TX) and Reps. Green (R-TX), Hudson (R-NC), and Rush (D-IL) to craft and circulate a Dear Colleague letter requesting funding for all four of the Trauma and Emergency Care Programs. More specifically, the letter calls for Congress to include $28 million of implementation funding in the FY 2017 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act. While the total authorized level of funding for all of these programs is $224 million, given the continuing and very challenging fiscal environment on Capitol Hill, we are requesting a $28 million level of funding. 

Additionally, TCAA and our advocacy partners have asked their members to undertake grassroots advocacy to secure essential implementation funding for our trauma programs.  TCAA members should reach out to their Members of Congress to request funding for our programs and that Members sign-on to the
Dear Colleague letter in the House by March 17. The request should be made of all offices.  For more information on this effort, talking points and Hill staff contact information, please visit http://www.traumacenters.org/?page=UrgingCongress.