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.