09 June 2011

Ever Been Treated by a Pediatrician?

There's this thing called Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) funding. It amounts to a few hundred million a year, so a drop in the proverbial federal budget bucket, but it's critical to the hospitals that train upwards of 40% of all pediatricians (yes, including the person you take your toddler to for treating the sniffles and getting vaccines) and over half the pediatric specialists (aka, the people who know how to treat really sick kids) in the US.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Congressional Republicans are in budgetary slash and burn mode, and Obama hasn't been doing much to stand up to them. He even proposed ELIMINATING CHGME in his FY 2012 budget.

Our public policy team has been working like maniacs to undo that damage, putting together a bipartisan coalition to support the program over the last few months.

Well, it's up for a vote NOW, and we could really use your help. What can you do?
  • Send a letter to your Representative and Senators. There are lots of places you can go to do that, but you can also do it through the N.A.C.H. legislative action center.
  • Send a message to Congress through Facebook (aren't we high-tech)?
  • Follow N.A.C.H. on Twitter to stay up to date on this issue (hashtag #CHGME). 
  • Help us spread the word by sharing those links or this blog post on your own social networks.

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