Reps. Butterfield & Stewart Lead Bi-Partisan Effort Urging for Support of the National Health Service Corps
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressmen G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) led a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in sending a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urging the Committee to support funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program.
The NHSC program provides loan repayment and scholarship opportunities for primary care, mental health, and dental health professionals in exchange for service in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. The current funding for this program is set to expire September 30, 2017
“Seventy-five percent of the fourteen counties I represent in rural eastern North Carolina are in Health Professional Shortage Areas,” said Congressman Butterfield. “Despite the already limited access to local primary care physicians, funding for our best solution- the NHSC program- could end on September 30. The NHSC program is essential to ensuring better access to primary care, regardless of zip code, and I strongly urge my colleagues to support continued funding for this vital program.”
“Many communities throughout Utah have limited access to care,” said Congressman Stewart. “The NHSC program brings more access to Utahns by drawing medical students and clinicians to these rural areas. Our communities rely on this vital health care program, and I am dedicated to making sure they continue to have access.”
The full text of the letter can be found here.