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House and Senate Letters Call for Title VII Funding in FY 2016

March 27, 2015—Representatives Michael Burgess, M.D., (R-Texas) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) led a March 23 letter urging House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) 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 fiscal year (FY) 2016. A total of 80 members, including 6 Republicans, joined Reps. Burgess and DeGette in signing the letter.

The letter highlights the role of the Title VII programs in preparing the health workforce to meet the nation’s needs and the need for sustained funding for the programs. “At a time when the country is facing unprecedented provider shortages, as well as a rapidly growing and aging population, a strong commitment to the Title VII programs is necessary,” the letter states.

In the Senate, Jack Reed (D-R.I.) was joined by 28 Senators on a March 27 letter to Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) recommending $280 million for Title VII in FY 2016.

Similar to the House effort, the letter highlights the importance of the Title VII programs, which “guide current and aspiring health professionals to high demand careers in areas of greatest need.”

Sen. Reed and his colleagues note that “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.”

Meanwhile, the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) March 18 sent a letter to House and Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee leadership recommending $524 million for HRSA’s Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs in FY 2016.

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.


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Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-828-0525


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