Congress must act before September 30th to reauthorize two key programs that are helping to reduce the primary care physician shortage, strengthening access in Health Professional Shortage Areas, and helping train residents in community-based settings. Members can advocate for both issues in a few simple clicks through AAFP’s Speak Out system.
First, the successful Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program must be reauthorized. Tell your legislators to co-sponsor the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017 (H.R. 3394/S. 1754). The THCGME program trains residents in community-based settings and is helping to address the shortage of primary care physicians.
The second key item needing reauthorization is funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Since 1972, the NHSC has awarded scholarships and loan repayment to family physicians who commit to practice for at least two years in an approved Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) site. Go to Speak Out now and advocate for these two key issues.