APTR has joined 170 health professions organizations in urging the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS and Education to restore funding for discretionary Health Resources and Services Administration programs to the FY 2010 level of $7.48 billion in the FY 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The programs administered by HRSA serve the health needs of people who are medically underserved, low-income and geographically isolated in every state and U.S. territory.
We are deeply concerned that since FY 2010, HRSA’s discretionary budget authority has been cut by 19 percent in nominal dollars and 25 percent when adjusted for inflation. Our nation’s ability to deliver essential public health services and a capable public health workforce are essential for a healthy and thriving population that can translate into a productive workforce and reduced health care costs. While the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 provided modest and temporary relief from sequestration, austerity measures remain firmly in place.