ACA health center program's future up in the air

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, a doctor training program funded by a provision of the Affordable Care Act, is up for renewal this year. The program has allotted $230 million nationwide over a five-year period to address the worsening primary care physician shortage. Residents work in health centers as opposed to traditional teaching hospitals, providing care in underserved communities. If Congress does not reauthorize the program the futures of hundreds of residents funded by the program and the health centers they serve will be up in the air. The healthcare bill passed in the House of Representatives today includes a provision to fund the program for the next two fiscal years. But according to Neil Calman, M.D., chief executive of the Institute for Family Health in Harlem, "It's a short-term fix that leaves programs with anxieties about their futures." Article