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Health Care Groups Request Funding for Workforce Commission

May 24, 2013—The AAMC was among three dozen organizations on a May 21 letter  encouraging appropriators to provide $3 million for the National Health Care Workforce Commission in FY 2014.

Addressed to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the letter describes the mission of the commission, established in the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152) as an independent entity to study and advise Congress on issues related to the health care workforce. Describing shortages of physicians and other health professionals, the letter notes that “[I]n light of our largescale fiscal challenges, the Commission’s expertise will be critical as Congress strives to channel limited available resources optimally while protecting patient access to care.”

Further, the letter indicates, “The National Health Care Workforce Commission will provide Congress with a necessary and comprehensive analysis of workforce issues across disciplines so lawmakers can appropriately assess the difficult choices related to health spending, rather than diverting resources indiscriminately from programs most in need, like those for physician and other health professional training.”

Though the Government Accountability Office (GAO) appointed commissioners in 2010 [see Washington Highlights, Oct. 1, 2010], to date, Congress has not approved an appropriation to fund the commission’s activities. The president’s FY 2014 budget requests $3 million for the commission [see Washington Highlights, April 12].


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


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