DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2006 -- (House of Representatives - June 24, 2005)
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Ms. DeGETTE. Mr. Chairman, I rise to express my concern that funding for Title VII programs have been cut in this bill. VII programs provide direct financial support for healthcare workforce development and education. It is imperative to provide adequate funding so that well-trained health care providers can continue to meet the needs of the American people.
The house showed great leadership last year by providing $300 million in funding, and I believe that any decrease could hamper the programs' ability to train health professionals to care for the neediest populations.
The President's budget proposes, for the fifth year in a row, to eliminate many of the programs that educate and train a variety of health care providers, such as pharmacists, dentists and pediatricians.
For a number of years now, I have organized Members to express support for this important program, and urged the Appropriators to fully fund it in the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education bill. For the first time this year, the House has failed to restore this funding.
These massive cuts will eliminate key programs that make it possible for our health professions schools to develop training infrastructures and high quality education.
The Title VII Health Professions programs are also the only federal programs designed to train providers in interdisciplinary settings to respond to the needs of special and underserved populations.
The programs have shown to increase minority representation in the health care workforce, which I believe is absolutely essential for our health system.
At a time when the American people have come to rely on their health care providers more than ever, eliminating this resource would be devastating to the country's neediest communities.
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