WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, introduced the bipartisan Physicians for Underserved Areas Act with John Boozman (R-AR) to help address the nationwide physician shortage by updating the Graduate Medical Education (GME) slot process following a hospital closure to prioritize sending federally-funded medical residency slots to areas where doctors are most needed.
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Rosen bill targets doctor shortages in Nevada, Las Vegas
- Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen will introduce bipartisan legislation Tuesday aimed at addressing the nation’s doctor shortage by locating more federally funded medical residencies in areas with the greatest need.
- “This bipartisan legislation will help add to the number of medical residency slots available for Nevada hospitals and encourage more doctors to come practice in our state, including in communities which previously have been underserved,” Rosen said in a written statement.
Nevada Appeal: Rosen bill aims for increase in rural doctors
- The bill would send more federally-funded medical residency slots to areas where doctors are most needed.
- Rosen, a Nevada Democrat, said Nevada is 48th in the nation in per capita primary physicians which Rosen said has a serious impact on the ability of Nevadans to get health care.
- The plan received immediate support from officials of the UNR and UNLV medical schools.
“Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen introduced bipartisan legislation that would help address a nationwide doctor shortage. It is called the Physicians for Underserved Areas Act and it would prioritize federally funded medical residencies for areas where doctors are most needed. Senator Rosen says Nevada was 48th when it comes to primary care physicians per capita and she says the legislation will encourage more doctors to practice here in the state including in underserved communities.”
“Lawmakers are looking to address the nationwide physician shortage. Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen helped introduce the bipartisan Physicians for Underserved Areas Act. She says the bill would revise the graduation medical education process to give medical residency programs in areas that need physicians the most.”