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Rep. DeGette, 54 Members of Congress Urge FY 2013 Funding Support for Title VII

March 23, 2012—Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) led a March 20 letter to the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Dennis Rehberg (R-Mont.) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) urging $280 million for Title VII health professions programs in the upcoming fiscal year.

The letter, which highlights the importance of Title VII programs in increasing the supply of primary care professionals and in expanding access to care in rural and urban underserved areas, urges Chairman Rehberg and Ranking Member DeLauro to make a strong commitment to the Title VII programs “at a time when the country is facing unprecedented provider shortages.”  The signatories also say, “sustained support for these programs will ensure that the distribution, quality, and diversity of the health professions workforce continue to improve and that the workforce is prepared to meet the country’s evolving and emerging health care needs.” A total of 54 Democrats joined Rep. DeGette on the letter.

In a separate March 20 letter, Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) led 56 Democrats in urging the House subcommittee to provide “robust funding” for the Title VIII nursing workforce development programs in FY 2013.

The president’s budget requests $228 million for Title VII health professions programs, a $40 million (15 percent) cut below FY 2012. While the funding level includes some increases for Title VII, the budget proposes to eliminate the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) diversity pipeline program and the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program. For Title VIII nursing programs, the president proposes $251 million, a $20 million (8 percent) increase over FY 2012 [see Washington Highlights, Feb. 17].

Contact:

Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418
Email: akhalife@aamc.org

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