House Passes Bill To Scale Back Medical Training Funds
On Wednesday, the House passed a bill (HR 1216) that would shift funding for graduate medical education programsÂ called for in the federal health reform law. The reform law allocated a direct appropriation of up to $230 million between fiscal years 2011 and 2015 for medical training services, but the legislation would eliminate that mandatory funding and authorize $46 million annually between FY 2012 and 2015. The Senate is not expected to consider the bill, and the White House hasÂ pledged to oppose legislation that would "erode the important provisions" of the reform law.
- "Anti-Abortion Language Approved as Amendment to House Health Care Bill" (Kasperowicz, "Floor Action Blog," The Hill, 5/25).
- "Funding for Some Medical Education Would Shift Under House-Passed Bill" (Symes, CQ Today, 5/25).