MOUNTAINSIDE – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he was cosponsoring legislation that would address a national shortage of primary and specialty pediatric physicians. Lance made the announcement of support during a news conference with hospital officials, staff and residents in training at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside.
The legislation would reauthorize the federal Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program to help pediatric training programs by maintaining and strengthening existing hospital graduate medical education programs.
The measure was introduced by Reps. Joe Pitts (R-PA) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), who also serve with Lance on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The Seventh District Congressman said the legislation was necessary because the reauthorization faces an even greater challenge because President Obama failed to fund this critical program in his budget.
“This important legislation works to ensure that a sufficient number of well-trained pediatricians and pediatric specialist are available to care for young people,” Lance said in a release. “The staff at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside do an outstanding job caring for New Jersey’s children and training a highly qualified, effective medical staff. And as a member of the House Health Subcommittee I stand ready to help move this bill through Congress.”