Thank You for Advocating to Strengthen the NHSC!

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We are so pleased to share some wonderful news to help close out this very challenging year—after months of fierce advocacy led by ACU in support of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), Congress just passed an omnibus funding bill which collectively included more than $1.06 billion in funding for the NHSC!

The funding in the FY21 Omnibus Bill breaks down as follows:

  • Three-year extension to NHSC mandatory funding. Specifically, the NHSC will receive $310M for fiscal years 2021-2023—a total of $940M. This avoids the total loss of this funding the NHSC would have incurred had Congress failed to take action to extend mandatory funding.
  • FY21 discretionary funding for the NHSC—a total for $120M, much of which is specifically earmarked to support clinicians working to address substance use disorder in underserved communities.

The passage of the omnibus bill and inclusion of the three-year funding extension will enable much needed stability and critical support for organizations and clinicians caring for the nation’s underserved—particularly those who depend on the NHSC for workforce recruitment and retention.

Without question, the power of our advocacy was critical in this week’s very positive outcome for the NHSC. ACU is proud and grateful to lead the advocacy charge in support of the NHSC and very appreciative of you, our incredible advocates, who do the vital work of caring for the underserved day in and day out in these challenging times.

We at ACU will continue our advocacy to support and expand the NHSC and all those who care for the underserved, but today we hope you will join us in taking a moment to appreciate this important step forward. Thank you for your extraordinary work, devotion to caring for the underserved, and commitment to advocacy. We wish you a safe, healthy, and restful holiday season as we look forward to a brighter year ahead.

Amanda Pears Kelly
Executive Director
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved