As ordered reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on February 12, 2015
H.R. 648 would amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize funding for public and private entities that provide trauma and emergency care services and for the administration of the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS). The bill also would require states that receive grant aid to comply with national standards and requirements for designating burn centers. Finally, the bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit a report to the Congress on federal and state activities associated with trauma and emergency care services.
The bill would authorize the appropriation of $24 million a year for each of fiscal years 2015 through 2020 for public and private entities that provide trauma and emergency care services and for the administration of FICEMS. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost $126 million over the 2015-2020 period, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts. Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.
H.R. 648 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.