AANS and CNS Support GME Funding in Budget Reconciliation Legislation
On Sept. 1, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) joined a Graduate Medical Education (GME) Advocacy Coalition letter urging Congressional leadership to include additional Medicare-supported GME training positions in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. Physicians are a vital component of our nation’s health care infrastructure, and investments to increase the number of physicians are sorely needed — particularly given that the U.S. faces a shortage of up to 124,000 physicians by 2034. If incorporated into the budget bill, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S. 834/H.R. 2256) would provide 14,000 new Medicare GME slots over seven years — building on the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260), which provided 1,000 new Medicare-funded GME positions.
Click here to read the GME Advocacy Coalition’s letter.