Congress Introduces Bills to Fund Additional Residency Training Slots
Legislation expanding Medicare funding for additional residency training slots has been introduced in Congress. Sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in the Senate, as well as Reps. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.) in the House, the “Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act” (S. 348 / H.R. 1763) would:
- Increase the number of Medicare-supported GME residency slots by 15,000 over the next five years;
- Direct one-half of the newly available positions to training in shortage specialties;
- Specify priorities for distributing the new slots (e.g., states with new medical schools); and
- Study strategies to increase the diversity of the health professional workforce.