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Senate Passes Physician Well-being Legislation

August 13, 2021

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Brett Roude, Legislative Analyst

The Senate passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (LBA, S. 610) by unanimous consent on Aug. 5.

The AAMC-endorsed LBA would authorize $35 million for a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII grant program dedicated to training health professions students, residents, and professionals in evidence-informed strategies to address and prevent suicide, burnout, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders [refer to Washington Highlights, May 27].

Additionally, the legislation would authorize $10 million for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) campaign to encourage health professionals to seek treatment for mental and behavioral health concerns.

The HRSA grant program and CDC awareness campaign, which would be authorized in this bill, received $140 million in emergency supplemental funding in the American Rescue Plan (P.L. 117-2).

The LBA (H.R. 1667) has also been introduced in the House but additional action on the legislation has not been scheduled.

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