Health Appropriations Bill Includes GME Funding

On Sep. 28, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 6157, a funding measure providing appropriations for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Education and Health and Human Services. Included in the measure is $25 million in funding for graduate medical education services to medical schools in states like Oklahoma that have a shortage of primary care providers.

“Oklahoma’s medical schools are the backbone to providing high-quality care for our state’s Medicaid recipients,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe. “By providing additional funding for graduate medical education programs, like those in Oklahoma, we can support our medical schools and the continuation of care for our Medicaid population.”

While this certainly doesn’t fill the hole left by CMS’ efforts to claw back over $60 million in Medicaid matching funds the state had been using to fund GME programs at OU and OSU, it is a positive step in the right direction. We applaud Oklahoma’s congressional delegation which continues to work with CMS and other policymakers to address this funding shortage.