Sending Office: Costello (PA), Ryan A.
Ensure Continued Access to Healthcare and Prevent a Doctor Shortage
Cosponsor the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act to continue America’s tradition of training the world’s best and brightest physicians in teaching hospitals
Supported by numerous organizations nationwide, including: American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, American
Osteopathic Association, American College of Physicians, America’s Essential Hospitals, American College of Cardiology, Healthcare Leadership Council, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Current Co-Sponsors (124): Crowley; Costello; Meehan; Ruiz; Foster; Engel; Kelly, Robin; Schakowsky; Rush; Davis, Rodney; Faso; Velázquez; Brady, Robert; Bonamici; Moulton; Beatty; DeFazio; Swalwell; Tsongas; Rosen; Sewell;
Cardenas; Zeldin; Davis, Danny; King; Amodei; Shea-Porter; Huffman; Donovan; Palazzo; Stefanik; Soto; Cohen; Lofgren; Hurd; Higgins; Pocan; Kihuen; Peters; Titus; Deutch; Schneider; Doyle; Larson, John; Maloney, Carolyn; Chu; Norcross; Aguilar; Maloney, Sean
Patrick; Krishnamoorthi; Torres; Payne; Pascrell; Hastings; DeGette; Meng; Holmes Norton; Jenkins; Moore; Sessions; Katko; Coffman; Gutierrez; Wilson; Serrano; Scott, David; Jeffries; Watson Coleman; Castor; Lujan; Visclosky; Culberson; Johnson, Eddie Bernice;
Rice; Kathleen; Espaillat; Clarke; Walz; Ryan, Tim; Matsui; Khanna; Tonko; Lowenthal; Clark; Lowey; Nolan; Takano; Yarmuth; McNerney; Peterson; LoBiondo; Lance; Cleaver; Tenney; Ellison; MacArthur; Sinema; Pingree; Brooks; Kuster; Jackson Lee; Sires; Bera;
Doggett; Perlmutter; Kennedy; Cuellar; Meeks; Nadler; Brown; Ros-Lehtinen; Suozzi; McGovern; Murphy; Garamendi; Lujan Grisham; Vela; Young; Kildee; Capuano; Napolitano; Welch; DeLauro; Esty; Gottheimer
We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2267, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act. This legislation would prevent a looming doctor shortage by ensuring additional residency slots are available for teaching hospitals, so that these hospitals can
continue to train recent medical school graduates.
As our population grows older, the demand for physician and other health care services will only continue to increase. However, the U.S. is facing a shortage of up to 90,000 primary care and specialty physicians in just ten years, and almost half of the
states are already reporting a physician workforce shortage. Medical schools have responded by increasing enrollment, yet many of these graduates are unable to continue their required training in residency slots, due to an outdated, federally-mandated limit
on the number of residency slots supported by Medicare. The result is not just a shortage, but a bottleneck of qualified potential doctors.
Teaching hospitals and academic medical centers rely on support from Medicare’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to fulfill their mission of training physicians for the public good, furnishing highly-specialized care to the most medically complex
patients, and delivering essential health care services to the community. Training our nation’s doctors has long been a shared responsibility between medical schools, teaching hospitals, and the federal programs that support these efforts. Yet, the outdated
cap on residency slots supported by the federal government puts at risk the continued success of these efforts, and limits our nation’s ability to address the doctor shortage.
Congress needs to act to increase the number of available residency slots, in order to prevent thousands of qualified medical school graduates from being unable to become a licensed physician. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act
is a targeted reform that addresses the shortage by phasing in a total of 15,000 new GME residency slots (3,000 per year over 5 years). By increasing the number of residency slots available to the country’s teaching hospitals, we will be able to continue
our nation’s tradition of training the world’s best and brightest physicians.
To co-sponsor H.R. 2267, The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, or for additional information, please contact Hannah Anderson in Rep. Costello’s office at 202-225-4315 (Hannah.Anderson@mail.house.gov)
or Kripa Sreepada in Rep. Crowley’s office at 202-225-3965 (Kripa.Sreepada@mail.house.gov).
RYAN A. COSTELLO JOSEPH CROWLEY
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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