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FAMILY MEDICINE ACTION CENTER

Support Training for the Next Generation of Family Physicians

Urge policy makers to reauthorize and fully fund the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) have introduced similar versions of the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019 (S. 1191/ HR 2815). Both bills reauthorize the THCGME program for five years and support the creation of new programs with a priority for those in rural and underserved communities. The bills would also increase funding from $126.5 million per year (current law) to $141.5 million/year (S.1191) or $151 million/year (HR 2815).

The THCGME program is vital to addressing the shortage of primary care physicians and the geographic maldistribution of physicians.

  • Sens. Tester (D-MT), Moore Capito (R-WV), Jones (D-AL), Boozman (R-AR), Manchin (D-WV), Harris (D-CA), and Daines (R-MT) are original cosponsors to the Senate bill. 
  • Reps. McMorris Rogers (R-WA), Torres Small (D-NM), and Roe (R-TN) are original cosponsors for the House bill.

Tell Congress to support the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act to update the THCGME program immediately. 

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