On September 28, the House of Representative approved legislation extending the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program funding for three months. The extension was included in HR 3823, a bill to fund disaster assistance and other programs. The Senate approved it by unanimous consent, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it.
The American Academy of Family Physicians signed a joint letter to congressional leaders urging sustained THCGME support. House and Senate leaders are committed to a long-term reauthorization later this year for these key primary care workforce programs. Sixty-one bipartisan Senators signed a letter in support of the Community Health Centers Fund, THCGME and the National Health Service Corps.