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Health Care Groups Highlight Untapped Potential of Workforce Commission

December 7, 2012—A total of 33 health care groups, including the AAMC, sent a Nov. 29 letter  to House and Senate leaders, requesting $3 million for the previously unfunded National Health Care Workforce Commission.

The letter describes the increasing demand for physicians and other health professionals, and points out that sequestration and alternative deficit reduction proposals could exacerbate difficulties many Americans will face in accessing health care services. Though the commission was established to advise policymakers about related federal investments, the letter cautions that “in the coming weeks, policy decisions with the potential to profoundly affect the nation’s workforce capacity may be enacted without the benefit of the Commission’s expertise.”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) created the commission as an independent entity with 15 non-federal members. Though the Government Accountability Office appointed commissioners in 2010 [see Washington Highlights, Oct. 1, 2010], Congress has not provided funding to enable the commission to meet.


Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525


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