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  • Washington Highlights

    Senators Submit Title VII Dear Colleague Letter to Appropriators

    Brett Roude, Legislative Analyst
    Matthew Shick, Sr. Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs

    Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) April 15 submitted a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies advocating for $424 million in funding in fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Title VII Health Professions programs.

    The letter, signed by 37 additional Senators, advocates for Title VII programs, which are federal programs designed to fill gaps in the supply of health professionals, respond to the needs of special and underserved populations, and increase minority representation in the health care workforce. The letter highlights how support for these programs will ensure that the distribution, quality, and diversity of our nation's health professions workforce continues to improve, and that the workforce is prepared to meet the country's evolving and emerging health care needs.

    The Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), which is managed by the AAMC, is recommending $690 million for both HRSA Titles VII health professions and VIII nursing workforce development programs in FY 2020.