Sending Office: Honorable Janice D. Schakowsky
Increase access to health care in underserved areas and diversify the health care workforce to meet the needs of all American patients
By 2032, the United States may face a shortage of over 100,000 physicians. And if health care access were equitable across race, health insurance coverage, and geographic location, we would require almost 100,000 more physicians today. That is unacceptable
for our growing, aging population, for children, and for all vulnerable communities.
The bipartisan EMPOWER for Health Act, which passed through the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health on July 11, reauthorizes critical funding for Title VII programs of the Public Health Service Act. Title VII programs increase
access to physicians and other health care providers in underserved areas and ensure a diverse health care workforce that is better equipped to meet the needs of our entire population. The bill will provide loan repayment for health professionals that commit
to working in underserved fields, increase diversity in the health care workforce, and promote enrollment in primary care, geriatric, pediatric, and dentistry programs.
Similar legislation, H.R. 3728, passed both the Energy and Commerce Committee and the House with unanimous support last Congress. These programs have expired but have continued to receive appropriations. Reauthorization of Title VII health professions workforce
programs is long overdue.
Specifically, the bill reauthorizes the following Title VII health professions education and training programs for five years:
- CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE (42 U.S.C. § 293): $24,897,000 for each of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 through 2024.
- HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TRAINING FOR DIVERSITY (42 U.S.C. § 293d): $51,419,000, $1,250,000, and $20,000,000 for each of these programs for each of FY 2020 through 2024.
- PRIMARY CARE TRAINING AND ENHANCEMENT (42 U.S.C. § 293k(c)(1)): $51,371,000 for each of FY 2020 through 2024.
- TRAINING IN PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY (42 U.S.C. § 293k-2 (f)): $42,707,000 for each of FY 2020 through 2024.
- AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS (42 U.S.C. § 13 294a(j)(1)): $42,075,000 for each of FY 2020 through 2024.
- NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE ANALYSIS (42 U.S.C. § 294n(e)(1)(A)): $5,947,000 for each of FY 2020 through 2024.
- PUBLIC HEALTH WORKFORCE (42 U.S.C. § 295e(a)): $17,850,000 for each of FY 2020 through 2024.
- EDUCATION AND TRAINING RELATING TO GERIATRICS (42 U.S.C. § 294c): $51,000,000 for each of FY 2020 through 2024.
- PEDIATRIC HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE (42 U.S.C. §?295f): $50,000,000 for each of FY 2020 through 2024.
This bipartisan legislation has broad support from several organizations, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, National Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, Elder Workforce Alliance, National Association for Geriatric
Education (NAGE), Federation of American Hospitals, Physician Assistant Education Association, and American Geriatrics Society.
Member of Congress
MICHAEL C. BURGESS, M.D.
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