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Senators Urge Support for Title VII Health Professions Programs in FY 2014

May 3, 2013—Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) led an April 26 letter urging Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) to provide $280 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Title VII health professions programs in FY 2014. A total of 28 Democrats joined Sen. Reed on the letter.

The letter states the Title VII programs, which celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2013, have “helped increase the supply of primary care professionals, expand access to care in rural and urban underserved areas, and develop a workforce that reflects the nation’s diversity.” The letter adds, “At a time when the country is facing health provider shortages, it is critical to demonstrate a strong commitment” to the programs.

In addition, 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 community health needs.”

In closing, the letter states, “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.”

Representatives Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Mike Burgess (R-Texas) led a similar effort in the House April 11 [see Washington Highlights, April 19].


Alexandra Khalife
Legislative Analyst
Telephone: 202-828-0418


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