Ninety-one Members of Congress (40 Republicans and 51 Democrats) have signed a letter in support of reauthorizing the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program that is set to expire on September 30, 2017.
Led by U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA), the letter, addressed to the bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Subcommittee on Health, recognizes the THCGME program as a vital program that “deserves a permanent place in our nation’s graduate medical education programming” and recommends that Congress put it on a path for stable and sustainable funding to ensure its long-term viability.
Click here for information that AAFP published in November about the importance of establishing a "long-term, consistent funding stream for the program" because of Teaching Health Centers' value as training sites for the next generation of Family Physicians and other primary care providers, and as sources of affordable, quality care for patients in underserved communities.
Stable funding for the Teaching Health Center program will be a central discussion issue when Michigan Family Physicians meet with Congressional members of the Michigan Delegation in Washington, DC, during AAFP's Family Medicine Advocacy Summit, May 22-23.