URGENT ACTION: September 11-12, 2017 Encourage the training of more family practice doctors for rural areas

Have you ever lived in a rural area of the U.S.? Healthcare in rural areas is far more underserved than in urban areas. Some of the challenges that face rural residents are:

  • Long drives to hospitals and E.R.s
  • Long drives to doctors
  • Few or no doctors and little to no doctor choice
  • Lack of community health programs that can teach things like healthy eating, exercise, birth control, and vaccination

We can help by calling on our Members of Congress to support House bill 3394 and Senate bill 1754, bipartisan legislation that renews the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program (THCGME). The funding for THCGME will end on September 30th if it is not included in the new Congressional budget. Without the THCGME program, which focuses on training primary care physicians to work in rural and underserved areas of the country, the shortage of medical care in these rural areas will become even worse. Like many of the actions we’re posting this month, this is URGENT and TIME SENSITIVE, as the THCGME program will end if funding is not secured!

While you’re on the phone with your Congresspeople, don’t forget to also ask them to vote for HR 2267 and S 1301 (both called the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017), two other important bills that will help with the physician shortage!