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house Bill H.R. 648

Reauthorizing Two Grant Programs Relating to Trauma and Emergency Care

Argument in favor

This bill would help make emergency rooms function more effectively and improve access to emergency care, especially in rural areas.

John's Opinion
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02/22/2015
We need to have Nationalized Health Care like all the other industrialized nations in the world.
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daveyazizi's Opinion
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03/16/2015
Trauma and emergency care in the U.S. (especially for children) is actually worse than a lot of other countries. This will be money well-spent, saving lives.
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Charles's Opinion
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02/20/2015
Rapid treatment is often critical for Emergency/Trauma patients. In large states with low population density, dispersed treatment centers save many lives.
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Argument opposed

States should be able to solve these crucial health issues without aid from federal grant programs that need re-funding every few years.

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02/21/2015
Get the federal government out of ALL healthcare.
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Harold's Opinion
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02/18/2015
Local sources are closer to the problem and they know what is needed without federal grants.
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David's Opinion
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02/18/2015
So, a Trauma Center bailout now? No thanks.
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What is House Bill H.R. 648?

This bill would authorize appropriations for preventing trauma center closures, addressing shortfalls in trauma services, and improving access to trauma care in rural areas. Specifically, the bill wold reauthorize two grant mechanisms: the Trauma Care Systems Planning Grants and the Regionalization of Emergency Care Systems. Collectively they would be authorized for 24 million in appropriations — 12 million for each one. 

The former supports the creation and development of trauma systems in states and rural areas. The latter offers funding for pilot projects that can design, implement, and assess new ways to offer specialized emergency care. 

States would be mandated to update their model trauma care plan — i.e. how healthcare providers interact with the public to offer trauma care, prevent injuries, and mitigate the possibility of disability after an injury.

Impact

Injured people, healthcare providers, trauma systems across the country, people in rural areas, and federal grants for trauma programs.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 648

$101.00 Million
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, a CBO estimate of a previous version of this bill done in 2014 found that implementing this legislation would cost $101 million over the 2015-2019 period.

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Of Note:

According to the House Committee on Energy & Commerce commentary on a previous version of this bill:  

"Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 1-44. From 1995 to 2010, emergency visit rates have increased at twice the rate of growth of the U.S. population, and will likely continue to grow. These rates are highest in rural areas."

Media:


CBO Cost Estimate (Previous Bill Version) 

Wikipedia (Previous Bill Version)


Trauma Center Association of America (Previous Bill Version)

American Trauma Society (Previous Bill Version)

House Republicans (Previous Bill Version)

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Wonderlane)

AKA

Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act

Official Title

To amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain trauma care programs, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed March 16th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 382 Yea / 15 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedFebruary 2nd, 2015

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    We need to have Nationalized Health Care like all the other industrialized nations in the world.
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    Rapid treatment is often critical for Emergency/Trauma patients. In large states with low population density, dispersed treatment centers save many lives.
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    This bill would help make emergency rooms function more effectively and improve access to emergency care, especially in rural areas.
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    Trauma and emergency care in the U.S. (especially for children) is actually worse than a lot of other countries. This will be money well-spent, saving lives.
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    Get the federal government out of ALL healthcare.
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    the states need to be in control of their medical institutions. less control from the federal govt might make it possible for our hospital, nursing homes, etc survive in this era.
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    This is a bill that should not be put
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    I'm opposed to the Federal Government using money to "encourage" the states to implement programs such as these. The Federal Government should give each state a block grant based on some formula considering the amount of Federal Taxes paid by the residents. The states should decide what to spend the money on.
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    Isn't this the second bill to address the same issue? Maybe they need to be combined. Anyway, if the federal government rules that patient be treated in the ER, then the federal government, the same entity that collects the taxes of the uninsured, should pay for it.
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    Single payer health care would eliminate the need for bills like this.
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    Minimum government. Maximum FREEDOM.
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    Life is more important than everything else
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    GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF HEALTHCARE!!!! Hospitals are for profit businesses, even the ones who say they aren't. The government has already slipped into bed with the insurance industry and a couple of years of the new healthcare law is going to show just what kind of bed-fellows they make. If the government would get out of the healthcare business COMPLETELY it could function the way it is supposed to.
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    As a trauma specialist, these grants are much needed...l
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    Big brother oversight and involvement leads to inefficiency and bureaucracy. Let states mind their own business.
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    the opposers,are these the same people who forced OBAMA CARE down are throghts?
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    I thought Obama care was suppose to fix everything!!
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    We are 18 TRILLION in debt. We cannot afford new programs. We should be cutting programs. Stop spending!!!
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    A Republican from Texas wants to improve federal funds for rural ERs? Sounds good. At the expected cost of 20 million a year (20¢ per year per citizen)? Go ahead, please!
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    Naturally, there needs to be oversight of what is working, and what is not! Using money this way makes more sense than funding studies of insect sexual habits! Please, people! American citizens and foreigners among us need to be the priority.
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