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Health Professions Groups Urge Conferees to Preserve Investments in Health Workforce

November 15, 2013—The AAMC joined 53 members of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) on Nov. 13 letter urging House and Senate budget conferees to preserve investments in health professions workforce programs in FY 2014 and beyond.

The letter states that the nation faces a shortage of health professionals across disciplines and highlights how the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce programs are designed to improve the supply, diversity, and distribution of the primary care workforce. However, the groups note that “sequestration and other cuts have limited the capacity of health professions workforce development programs at a time they are needed most.”

Further, the groups say that due to the programs’ synergistic nature, cuts to any of the Title VII and Title VIII programs may reverse the progress made to date in meeting these goals. The letter urges conferees to work together to find a solution that does not include further cuts to health professions workforce.

AAMC also joined 47 members of HPNEC on a Nov. 13 letter thanking Members of Congress who voted in favor of H.R. 2775 to reopen the federal government and restore funding for federal programs, including HRSA’s health professions programs.

The letter notes that while the programs have resumed their work, the threat of sequestration in FY 2014 limits the programs’ capacity to meet their goals, and therefore urges Congress to build on the bipartisan support for the legislation to support a responsible FY 2014 budget that replaces sequestration.

HPNEC, led by the AAMC, is an informal alliance of 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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