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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2015
AUSTIN – The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 18 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education (GME). The bill will now move before the full Senate.
"A robust health care workforce is essential to ensuring that our citizens have access to care," said Senator Nelson. "Last session the Legislature made progress on graduate medical education, specifically toward or goal of keeping medical school graduates in Texas. Those investments that have started us down the right path. This session we have a healthy budget outlook, and SB 18 will continue to grow our residency spots and encourage residents to practice in areas where they are most needed."
SB 18 would:
- Create GME programs at entities that have never had them before, and help institutions plan programs in new areas of focus through GME Planning and Partnership Grants;
- Create a Critical Shortage Physician Program at the Higher Education Coordinating Board to incentivize the creation of residency programs for physicians in high demand across the state; and
- Create a long-term funding solution for GME through the formation of an endowment, funded with the excess funds of the Texas Medical Liability Joint Underwriting Association.
SB 2, the Senate's proposed budget filed by Senator Nelson, includes $60 million in funding for GME expansion over the biennium.