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Members of Congress Urge Support for Title VII Health Professions Programs

April 11, 2014—Representatives Michael Burgess, M.D., (R-Texas) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) led a March 31 letter urging House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) to provide $280 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Title VII health professions programs in FY 2015. A total of 96 members, including three Republicans, joined Reps. Burgess and DeGette on the letter.

Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) was joined by 24 colleagues on a similar April 4 letter urging Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) to provide $280 million for Title VII in FY 2015.

Both highlight the unique role of Title VII programs in developing a workforce that reflects and is prepared to respond to the country’s changing health care needs.

The House letter discusses the “unprecedented provider shortages” and calls for a “strong commitment” to Title VII programs to ensure the distribution, quality, and diversity of the health professions workforce continues to improve. Similarly, the Senate letter says it is “critical” to demonstrate a strong commitment to Title VII.

Meanwhile, the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) March 28 submitted a written statement for the record to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, recommending $520 million for HRSA’s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce programs in FY 2014.

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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