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.