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DSCC Launching $3.6 Million Advertising Buy In Arkansas to Highlight Why Arkansas Can’t Trust Tom Cotton

DSCC Launching $3.6 Million Advertising Buy In Arkansas to Highlight Why Arkansas Can’t Trust Tom Cotton

New Ad: Cotton Was Only Member of Congress From Arkansas To Oppose Funding For State’s Only Children’s Hospital

 

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a $3.6 million advertising buy in Arkansas to highlight why Arkansans can’t trust Tom Cotton. The first ad explains that Cotton was the only Member of Congress from Arkansas to oppose funding for the state’s only children’s hospital. Maka Parnell, who worked at Arkansas Children’s Hospital for 13 years is featured in the ad and has very strong words for Cotton.  “I don’t know where his priorities are, but they’re not with Arkansas children,” Parnell charges.

The new ad marks the beginning of a major, multi-million dollar DSCC advertising buy in Arkansas to highlight why Tom Cotton cannot be trusted.

 To watch “Children’s Hospital,” click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JSmcLIOFho&feature=youtu.be

 “Tom Cotton is the only member of the Arkansas congressional delegation who voted against funding for Arkansas’s only children’s hospital and with a record like that it’s crystal clear that Tom Cotton’s priorities aren’t on the side of Arkansas children or their families,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Over the next three months the DSCC will highlight why Arkansans can’t trust Tom Cotton.”

BACKGROUND:

CLAIM

DOCUMENTATION

 

AUDIO:  It’s the only pediatric hospital in all of Arkansas.

 

TEXT: Maka Parnell, Former Hospital Social Worker

 

 

“Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) Is The Only Pediatric Medical Center In Arkansas.” “Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas. Known for being one of the largest pediatric medical providers in the United States, ACH proudly provides world-class medical care to children and families throughout Arkansas and surrounding areas.” [About Us, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, accessed 7/31/14]

 

 

AUDIO: I worked there for thirteen years. Some nights I’d stay in the intensive care unit. I needed to help the child to not be afraid.

 

 

 

AUDIO:  When they needed funding, Tom Cotton was the only member of Congress from Arkansas who voted against it.

 

TEXT:  Tom Cotton voted against funding for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. –Vote 31, 2/4/13; Vote 32, 2/4/13

 

COTTON WAS THE ONLY CONGRESSMAN FROM ARKANSAS TO VOTE AGAINST FUNDING FOR PEDIATRIC RESEARCH

 

Cotton Was One Of Only 27 House Members, And The Only Congressman From Arkansas, Who Voted Against Establishing National Pediatric Research Network at NIH. In 2013, Cotton voted against suspending the rules and passing the bill that would authorize the National Institutes of Health to establish a National Pediatric Research Network of public research institutions and nonprofit entities that conduct pediatric research, and to make grants to support that research. The motion was agreed to by a vote of 375-27.  The rest of the Arkansas delegation in the House including Womack, Griffin and Crawford voted in favor of the measure. [CQ; HR 225, Vote #31, 2/4/13]

 

COTTON WAS ALSO THE ONLY CONGRESSMAN FROM ARKANSAS TO VOTE AGAINST FUNDING THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

Cotton Was The Only Member of the Arkansas Congressional Delegation—One of Only 50 Members of the House—To Vote Against Reauthorizing Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program. In 2013, Cotton voted against a motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would reauthorize the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program though fiscal 2017 at the current funding level of $330 million per year. The program “provides federal funds to the Nation’s freestanding children’s hospitals to help them maintain their graduate medical education (GME) programs that train resident physicians. GME follows graduation from medical school and can take between three and seven years to complete, depending on the medical, dental or podiatric specialty track chosen. Teaching hospitals that treat adults receive similar funding from Medicare. Fifty-four U.S. hospitals [including the Arkansas Children’s hospital] participate in the program, which enables them to: Provide GME to graduates of medical schools, Enhance research capabilities, and Care for vulnerable and underserved children.” The motion was agreed to by a vote of 352-50.  The rest of the Arkansas delegation in the House including Womack, Griffin and Crawford voted in favor of the measure. [CQ; HR 297, Vote #32, 2/4/13; Health Resources and Services Administration, Children's Hospital GME]

 

THE ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL RECEIVES ROUGHLY $6 MILLION/YEAR IN FEDERAL FUNDING FROM THE GME PROGRAM

 

The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Has Benefitted From The Children’s Hospital GME Program For Over Ten Years. In November 2010, THV 11 reported: “’For the last 10 years, Arkansas Children's Hospital has enjoyed support from the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, which helps support the training of pediatric and other residents in graduate medical education programs, and we're delighted to see this continue,’ said Jonathan Bates, MD, president and CEO for Arkansas Children's Hospital.” [THV 11, 11/1/10]

 

The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Receives About $6 Million Per Year To Help Cover The $11 Million Cost Of Its Graduate Medical Education. In March 2012, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported: “As of Jan. 31, the Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation endowment stood at $195 million, Bel said. The nonprofit hospital receives about $8.8 million in state appropriations and about $3 million from a Pulaski County millage for its operations, he said. In addition, for its Graduate Medical Education expenses of $11 million annually, which fund residency programs, Children's receives about $6 million in federal funding.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/26/12]

 

ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CALLED CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GME PROGRAM “CRUCIAL,” FAILURE TO RENEW FUNDING WOULD BE “DEVASTATING”

 

Arkansas Children’s Hospital CEO Said GME Program Provides $6.4 Million, Which Is The Bulk Of The $11 Million The Hospital Spends On Training Pediatricians. “Arkansas Children’s Hospital Chief Executive Officer Marcy Doderer said the $6.4 million in federal funds the hospital receives makes up the bulk of the $11 million it spends on training pediatricians. Currently the money supports about 170 full-time residents, she said.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/2/14]

 

  • Federal Funding From The Children’s Hospital GME Program Provides For 170 Full-Time Residents At The Arkansas Children’s Hospital. “Arkansas Children’s Hospital Chief Executive Officer Marcy Doderer said the $6.4 million in federal funds the hospital receives makes up the bulk of the $11 million it spends on training pediatricians. Currently the money supports about 170 full-time residents, she said.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/2/14]

 

  • CEO: “This Is An Incredibly Crucial Program To The Continued Success Of Pediatric In The Country,” Lose Of Funding Would Be “Devastating.” “ She said it would be ‘devastating’ if Congress didn’t authorize the funding. ‘This is an incredibly crucial program to the continued success of pediatrics in our country. We believe it is absolutely an imperative that future pediatricians are trained in children’s hospitals,’ she said. ‘This is our sole [federal] funding source to support graduate medical education.’”[Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/2/14]

 

President And CEO Of Arkansas Children’s Hospital: “For The Last 10 Years, Arkansas Children's Hospital Has Enjoyed Support From The Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Payment Program.” In November 2010, THV 11 reported: “’For the last 10 years, Arkansas Children's Hospital has enjoyed support from the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, which helps support the training of pediatric and other residents in graduate medical education programs, and we're delighted to see this continue,’ said Jonathan Bates, MD, president and CEO for Arkansas Children's Hospital.” [THV 11,11/1/10]

 

HEADLINE—$846K For Resident Training At Arkansas Children’s Hospital [THV 11, 11/1/10]

 

President Of AR Children’s Hospital Research Institute: “The Support To Children's Hospitals For Graduate Medical Education Is Crucial Since A Very Large Fraction Of The Pediatricians Being Trained Today Receive Their Education And Training Experience In A Children's Hospital. That Is Certainly The Case At Arkansas Children's Hospital.” In November 2010, THV 11 reported: “’The importance of being able to train proficient pediatricians in the United States has never been a higher priority. With the challenging work force issues, the support of graduate medical education is vital to have pediatricians available for our children,’ said Richard F. Jacobs MD, FAAP, professor and chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and president, Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute. ‘The support to Children's Hospitals for graduate medical education is crucial since a very large fraction of the pediatricians being trained today receive their education and training experience in a Children's Hospital. That is certainly the case at Arkansas Children'sHospital.’” [THV 11, 11/1/10]

 

President Of AR Children’s Hospital Research Institute: “With The Challenging Work Force Issues, The Support Of Graduate Medical Education Is Vital To Have Pediatricians Available For Our Children.” In November 2010, THV 11 reported: “’The importance of being able to train proficient pediatricians in the United States has never been a higher priority. With the challenging work force issues, the support of graduate medical education is vital to have pediatricians available for our children,’ said Richard F. Jacobs MD, FAAP, professor and chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and president, Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute.” [THV 11, 11/1/10]

 

ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CALLED FUNDING THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GME PROGRAM “AN ESSENTIAL INVESTMENT IN OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE,” LOBBIED FOR IT

 

The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Called For The Continuation Of The Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program In A Letter To The Chairman And Ranking Member Of The Subcommittee On Labor, Health And Human Services. The Arkansas Children’s Hospital signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies. The letter stated: “More than a decade ago, Congress passed the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program with broad bipartisan support to provide freestanding children’s hospitals with the same federal GME funding that Medicare GME provides to other teaching hospitals. Today, we urge you to maintain this important program, which supports the training of so much of the nation’s pediatric workforce, and to restore the stability of its funding.” [CHGME Funding Letter, Arkansas Children’s Hospital,7/29/11]

 

  • AR Children’s Hospital: “We Respectfully Request That The Committee Continue Its History Of Bipartisan Support For The Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program.” The Arkansas Children’s Hospital signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies. The letter stated: “We respectfully request that the Committee continue its history of bipartisan support for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program and include stable funding in the FY 2012 appropriations bills for this vital program.” [CHGME Funding Letter, Arkansas Children’s Hospital,7/29/11]

 

Arkansas Children’s Hospital: “CHGME Is An Essential Investment In Our Children’s Health Care – In Prevention And Primary Care, Health Care For Vulnerable And Underserved Children, And Access To Care For All Children.” The Arkansas Children’s Hospital signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies. The letter stated: “CHGME is an essential investment in our children’s health care – in prevention and primary care, health care for vulnerable and underserved children, and access to care for all children.” [CHGME Funding Letter, Arkansas Children’s Hospital,7/29/11]

 

AR Children’s Hospital: CHGME “Has Been A Major Success, Enabling Children’s Hospitals To Sustain And Grow Their Teaching Programs.” The Arkansas Children’s Hospital signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies. The letter stated: “More than 40 percent of all general pediatric and pediatric specialty training is provided in the children’s hospitals that receive their federal GME funding through CHGME. In many specialties, such as pediatric surgery, over 65% of physicians are trained at these children’s hospitals. The program has been a major success, enabling children’shospitals to sustain and grow their teaching programs and to expand the diversity of their training experiences in response to local and national needs.” [CHGME Funding Letter, Arkansas Children’s Hospital,7/29/11]

 

AR Children’s Hospital: CHGME “Has Accounted For Much Of The Growth In Pediatric Training Overall And Expanded Children’s Access To Care.” The Arkansas Children’s Hospital signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies. The letter stated: “More than 40 percent of all general pediatric and pediatric specialty training is provided in the children’s hospitals that receive their federal GME funding through CHGME. In many specialties, such as pediatric surgery, over 65% of physicians are trained at these children’s hospitals. The program has been a major success, enablingchildren’s hospitals to sustain and grow their teaching programs and to expand the diversity of their training experiences in response to local and national needs. It has accounted for much of the growth in pediatric training overall and expanded children’s access to care.” [CHGME Funding Letter, Arkansas Children’s Hospital,7/29/11]

 

AR Children’s Hospital: CHGME “Is One Of Our Most Important Investments In Strengthening Children’s Health Care In America.” The Arkansas Children’s Hospital signed a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies. The letter stated: “Although CHGME is a relatively small program, receiving $317.5 million in FY 2010, it is one of our most important investments in strengthening children’s health care in America. Again, we understand that these are tough budgetary times, but what our nation cannot afford is to further jeopardize children’s access to physicians trained to meet their unique needs.” [CHGME Funding Letter, Arkansas Children’s Hospital,7/29/11]

 

 

AUDIO:  I don’t know where his priorities are, but they’re not with Arkansas children. 

 

 

 

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