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Kerry, Brown, Delegation Defend MA Hospital Funding

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Location: Boston

Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, along with the entire Congressional delegation, today urged President Barack Obama to protect funding to train doctors and run trauma centers and teaching hospitals in Massachusetts throughout negotiations to increase the country's debt limit.

In a letter sent this morning, the Massachusetts delegation strongly backed Medicare graduate medical education (GME) dollars, noting "the size of the proposed reduction of medical education funding could exacerbate the significant physician shortages already facing our nation."

"Teaching hospitals play a critical role in training tomorrow's doctors, providing specialized services such as trauma centers, pediatric ICUs and transplant centers and conducting groundbreaking medical research that save lives," the Members wrote. "The size of these cuts could have a devastating impact on the ability of teaching hospitals to fulfill these critical missions. As budget negotiations continue, we respectfully request that you fight any effort that would significantly undermine the education of physicians, nurses, and other health care providers."

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