Guardians of the Public's Health

214 Funding for Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program (B)

  • 15 Jun 2015 7:19 AM
    Reply # 3387040 on 3322546
    Anonymous

    214, FUNDING FOR TEACHING HEALTH CENTER GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (AAPHP):

    Passed in this amended form:

    RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association encourage Congress to reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Educational Program to its full and ongoing funding needs to continue the training of primary providers in community based Health Centers in underserved areas to assure a continuing supply of primary providers and dentists for the underserved populations. (New HOD Policy)

  • 30 Apr 2015 8:44 AM
    Message # 3322546
    Anonymous

    Submitted by:  American Association of Public Health Physicians

    Subject:      214 Funding for Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program (B)
          

     

    WHEREAS,    The implementation and expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has added over 11 million Americans to health insurance rolls, and an additional 4 to 5 million to the list of Medicaid eligible patients; and

     

    WHEREAS,    The number of patients will expand as more states adopt Medicaid expansion, resulting in an increasing demand for primary care providers, the current shortage of which is in the tens of thousands, nationally; and

     

    WHEREAS,    The ACA allocated funding for the training of primary providers, family physicians, internists, pediatricians, OB-GYN, psychiatry, general dentistry and geriatrics in a variety of settings, under the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Educational Program (THCGME); and

     

    WHEREAS,    This program, with an initial 5-year budget of $230 million, will terminate unless Congress reauthorize s an additional 5-year funding package of $230 million ; and

     

    WHEREAS,    The program now supports 60 training centers with 550 primary care physicians and dentists, who, upon completion of their training will be able to serve over 1,000,000 individuals on a continuing basis[1]; and

     

    WHEREAS,    The Community Health Centers, which provide community based graduate medical education, function in medically underserved areas; meeting the medical needs of those who are geographically isolated, economically vulnerable or medically at risk; and

     

    WHEREAS,    91% of the graduates of the THCGME program remain in primary care, and 76% continue to serve the needs of underserved patients;

     

    Therefore, be it

     

    RESOLVED,   That our AMA encourage Congress to reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Educational Program to its full funding needs of $230 million to continue the training of primary providers in community based Health Centers in underserved areas to assure a continuing supply of primary providers and dentists for the underserved populations an expanding ACA will be required to serve in future years.

    [1]  ¬≠Ku, L, et al, Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative Report, Milliken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, 2015


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