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Urge Congress: Extend Mandatory Funding for the National Health Service Corps
At a time when workforce shortages continue to impact the health care landscape in rural and underserved areas, programs like the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) must be supported and protected. However, with a lapse in mandatory funding for the NHSC looming , this valuable provider recruitment tool faces a funding cliff that has the potential to reduce access to care. That is why we are asking you to reach out to your representatives today in support of a long-term extension of the NHSC.

The Bipartisan Primary Care and Health Workforce Act, introduced by Senators Sanders and Marshall in September, would reauthorize the NHSC for three years, more than tripling funding to $950 million annually through fiscal year 2026. Additionally, the bill seeks to build upon previous efforts made in the 116th and 117th congressional sessions that led to an $800 million investment in supplemental funding for the NHSC's scholarship and loan repayment programs. This investment resulted in a 55% increase in field strength from 13,053 providers in fiscal year 2019 to 20,215 providers in fiscal year 2022.

As we face the impending expiration of the NHSC's mandatory authorization, we need your help to fight for solutions that safeguard against growing workforce shortages. Please contact your representatives today to urge them to support the Bipartisan Primary Care and Health Workforce Act.

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