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Congress Provides Near-level Funding for Primary Care Training Programs
By News Staff
In a prepared statement, AAFP President Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., of Spokane, Wash., said the AAFP "appreciates Congress' vote to continue support for the health professions grants that are vital to building the nation's primary care physician workforce."
"By maintaining funding for Section 747 of Title VII of the Public Health Service Act at nearly $40 million for fiscal year 2012, Congress has ensured that primary care programs in America's medical schools can continue to support curricular enhancements and other innovations that encourage students to become primary care physicians," said Stream. "Meaningful health system reform depends on primary care physicians who provide comprehensive, preventive, coordinated care that helps rein in the unnecessary, duplicative and costly services that contribute to our spiraling health care costs."
The spending measure, known as the "megabus" appropriations bill, also eliminates discretionary funding for the National Health Service Corps, or NHSC. Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, however, created an NHSC reserve fund that essentially provides $295 million for the program in FY 2012.
Overall, the megabus bill provides $69.7 billion for HHS in FY 2012 -- a $700 million reduction from FY 2011 -- and $6.5 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration -- a decrease of $41 million from the FY 2011 level.