Advocates – Let’s Take Action on Thursday, January 11!

Mandatory Funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Expires Jan. 19!

ACU is requesting all advocates to please call their US Senators and House Representative on Thursday, January 11 and ask them to protect and expand funding for the NHSC in FY24 and beyond.

Having a strong showing of support for the NHSC program is critical as lawmakers negotiate reauthorizing mandatory funding for the NHSC. So be sure to contact your Senators and House Representative immediately and ask that they support reauthorizing the NHSC program at $950 million in mandatory funding over the next three years.

ACU will send a policy update Thursday morning with further details.

To find out who your House Representative is, please visit https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.

Talking Points: “I’m calling to thank you for your support in efforts to alleviate health workforce shortages in underserved areas. I ask that you continue to build upon these efforts contacting leadership to urge the inclusion of reauthorizing the NHSC program at $950 million in mandatory funding over the next three years in any funding agreement before mandatory funding for the NHSC program expires on January 19.

Expanding funding for this federal program is crucial for recruiting and retaining health care professionals who commit to working in our state’s health centers and health professional shortage areas.

In closing, I ask once again, please commit to contacting leadership to urge the inclusion of reauthorizing the NHSC program at $950 million in mandatory funding over the next three years in any funding agreement.

Congress Reaches Tentative Deal to Fund the Government

On January 7, Congressional leaders reached a $1.66 trillion agreement to finance the federal government in 2024. However, this leaves a very tight window for Congress to pass the deal and avoid a partial government shutdown on Jan. 19. Read more below about what this tentative deal to fund the government will mean for the National Health Service Corps, healthcare in the United States, and more.

What does this deal mean for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC)?

For discretionary funding only, NHSC funding levels would be held flat at current (FY 2023) levels which is roughly $125.6 million.

What’s in this Deal?

This framework would be about $773 billion in funding for non-defense programs, while removing roughly $6.1 billion in unspent COVID aid and expediting nearly $80 billion in cuts to IRS enforcement.

Wins for House Republicans and Democratic Senators

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA-04) can tell his conservative colleagues that cuts were made to unspent COVID aid and the IRS.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) can tell his Democratic colleagues that the $773 billion in funding for non-defense programs remains in line with the Fiscal Responsibility Act, a debt ceiling bill that was signed into law by President Biden in June 2023.

How Does the Debt Ceiling Bill Impact Healthcare?

The Fiscal Responsibility Act keeps non-defense spending nearly flat with current (FY 2023) levels in 2024 and increases it by 1% the following year.

Tell Us Your Health Center’s NHSC Impact Story

Help us emphasize to Congress the impact of the NHSC on the lives of individuals and families living in medically underserved communities. Please share with us how important the NHSC is to your health center and the implications of funding cuts from a full-year CR by emailing ACU’s Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy Jordan Marshall. We need your help informing Congress how vital the NHSC is for providing healthcare access to their constituents! Congress must stay focused on passing a bipartisan spending agreement by Jan. 19.

Stay tuned for further updates, become an ACU Advocate, and encourage all of your colleagues to do so as well.

Jordan Marshall, Your ACU Advocacy Contact

Jordan Marshall, Deputy Director of Policy & AdvocacyJordan Marshall is leading ACU’s grassroots advocacy to secure long-term funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Contact Jordan with any questions regarding policy analysis or if ACU can be of assistance with your own organizational or individual advocacy.