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Sen. Jack Reed Leads Senators in Support of Title VII in FY 2013

March 30, 2012—Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) led a March 29 letter urging Senate Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) to provide $280 million for the Title VII health professions programs in FY 2013.

In addition to highlighting the importance of Title VII programs in addressing primary care shortages, the letter calls attention to the dangers of the president’s proposal to eliminate the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) and the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). The letter states sustained support for these and other Title VII 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.” The letter references a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that the health care and social assistance industry is expected to be the most rapidly growing sector in terms of employment through 2020, and notes that “Title VII programs prepare individuals to fill these vacancies, helping to fulfill both the individual’s career goals and a community’s health needs.”

A total of 24 Democrats joined Sen. Reed on the letter. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) led a similar effort in the House March 20 [see Washington Highlights, March 23].

Meanwhile, the AAMC joined 56 other members of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) on a March 26 letter to the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations leaders, urging a funding level of $520 million for Title VII and Title VIII in the FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. The coalition also submitted a written statement for the record to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee. Led by the AAMC, HPNEC is an informal alliance of more than 60 national organizations representing schools, programs, health professionals and students dedicated to ensuring the health care workforce is trained to meet the needs of our diverse population.


Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418


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