Bill Calling for More Residency Slots is Gaining Congressional Support

Oct. 15, 2021 - A federal bill to increase the number of Medicare-funded graduate medical education (GME) positions by 14,000 (half for primary care physicians, half for other specialists) over the next seven years is gaining Congressional support. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021 (S 834) would also lift the cap on the number of GME slots at qualifying hospitals, giving priority to hospitals in rural areas, in hospitals in states with new medical schools, in hospitals already training resident physicians in excess of their cap, and hospitals in health professional shortage areas. The bill has a companion measure in the House (HR 2256).

At the state level, MAFP continues to advocate for state funding of the MIDOCS program, established to expand GME residency positions in primary care specialties and recruit and retain physicians in underserved areas in the state. MIDOCS received a $1 million increase the in the state’s FIscal Year 2021-2022 budget, allowing for the recruitment of the program’s fourth cohort beginning this fall as the 2022 Match cycle gets underway.