WASHINGTON – Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) issued the following statement after President Obama signed his bipartisan legislation, H.R. 3548, the Improving Trauma Care Act, into law.
“Despite the partisan gridlock that is so prevalent in Washington, D.C., I’m proud to say that this important, bipartisan, legislation passed both the House and Senate, and was signed into law by President Obama last week. My Improving Trauma Care Act simply modernizes the federal definition of ‘trauma’ to clearly include burn injuries. For far too long, the United States’ traumatic emergency medical system has been plagued by varying definitions of ‘trauma.’ Because burn injuries were not incorporated into the definition of trauma, there were often gaps in coverage and in the provision of care. Now that this legislation is law, we’ve strengthened America’s burn care infrastructure – which is very important when confronting mass casualty disasters. I thank the Energy and Commerce Committee, and my colleagues in the House and Senate for their support in swiftly approving this common-sense bill.”