Congress to decide Title VII budget for fiscal year 2003 – Newsletter

Congress to decide Title VII budget for fiscal year 2003 – Newsletter – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

Congressional leaders are determined to stay within budget limits during the economic slump and, at the same time, must allot funds for new initiatives such as homeland security. As a result, the federal program that supports training in family practice and other health professions–Title VII of the Public Health Service Act–may get shortchanged this year.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended only $160 million for all programs covered under Title VII in fiscal year 2003, which is a 46 percent decrease from the $295 million that was approved for fiscal year 2002. Of that $295 million, only $93 million went to the primary care cluster, including funds for training family physicians, general pediatricians, general internists, physician assistants, and dentists. Funding for individual programs in the projected fiscal year 2003 budget was not listed. At press time, the House Appropriations Committee was expected to vote on Title VII funds in late September. Most likely, a House-Senate conference committee will negotiate the differences between the appropriations bills this month, and the conference committee’s recommendation will come to both chambers for a vote. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is lobbying to increase the budget for Section 747 of Title VII to $169 million for fiscal year 2003, with $96 million of these appropriations going to family medicine programs.

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