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House Passes Wakefield Act

The House has passed, 390-1, the Wakefield Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children program. The bill now goes tothe Senate for consideration.

In the past 25 years, the program has funded state emergency services offices and supported projects that bolster children’s emergency care. “It is no coincidence that since the EMSC program was established, death rates due to pediatric injury have dropped by an astounding40%,” AAP President David Tayloe said in a statement.

The legislation, named for a family whose child survived a catastrophic auto accident because of excellent emergency care, would reauthorize the program for 5 more years.