Emergency Nurses Association Applauds Funding for Children's Emergency Care Program

October 9, 2018 EMSC

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 9, 2018 – The Emergency Nurses Association applauds Congress for approving and the president for signing an important spending bill that provides full funding for the Emergency Medical Services for Children, or EMSC, program.

The fiscal year 2019 appropriations package, H.R. 6157, includes funding for the Departments of Health and Human Services, as well as the Departments of Labor, Education and Defense.

Importantly, H.R. 6157 allocated $22.3 million for the EMSC program. In its fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, the Administration had targeted this program for elimination.

The EMSC program ensures that the entire spectrum of emergency health care services is provided to children and adolescents no matter where in the U.S. they live, attend school or travel. The mission of the program is to reduce child mortality and morbidity caused by severe illness or trauma.

All 50 states have received EMSC funding, which helps train and educate emergency department staff and EMS providers. In addition, the EMSC program coordinates pediatric emergency research initiatives that can lead to improved patient care. ENA commends Congress for preventing the elimination of this program.

The fiscal year 2019 spending package also provided critical support for other ENA-supported priorities, including the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs, poison control centers and the National Institute of Nursing Research.

About the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With more than 50,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.

ENA Media Contact:

Dan Campana
Director of Communications