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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Endorses Expanding Medical Education Act

Jun 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has endorsed H.R. 801, the Expanding Medical Education Act, introduced by CHC Member Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16). The Expanding Medical Education Act would provide $1 billion in funding for medical school construction, expansion, and training in underserved communities that lack quality access to quality healthcare. Following the endorsement, CHC Chair Dr. Ruiz and bill sponsor Rep. Costa released the following statements:

CHC Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36):

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is proud to endorse H.R. 801, the Expanding Medical Education Act,” said Chair Dr. Ruiz. “Physician shortages are most pronounced in underserved communities and can negatively impact the long-term health and quality of health care for vulnerable populations. The Expanding Medical Education Act would directly address the needs of underserved and Hispanic communities and alleviate health disparities. I thank Congressman Jim Costa for his leadership in addressing the critical need for more physicians.”

Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16):

“Access to quality healthcare for underserved communities where there is an acute shortage of doctors, needs immediate attention,” said Rep. Costa. “I thank the CHC for recognizing the need for significant investment in medical schools that will train doctors who want to serve rural communities and for urging leadership to include this bill in the President’s infrastructure package. For 40 years I have supported building a medical school in the Valley, and I will keep fighting until we make it happen.”

Full text of the bill can be found HERE.

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.