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    March 13, 2024 

    The Honorable Brad Schneider The Honorable David Valadao
    300 Cannon House Office Building 2465 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515


    The Honorable Annie Kuster The Honorable Mike Carey
    2201 Rayburn House Office Building 1433 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515


    The Honorable Mike Kelly
    1707 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515


    Dear Representatives Schneider, Kuster, Valadao, Carey, and Kelly:

    On behalf of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Advocacy Coalition, the over 40 undersigned organizations offer our support for the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Act of 2024 (H.R. 7050). This thoughtful, bipartisan legislation would provide Medicare support for an additional 1,000 new graduate medical education (GME) positions over five years in hospitals that have, or are in the process of establishing, accredited residency programs in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, or pain medicine and their prerequisite programs. We greatly appreciate your commitment to advancing policies that would strengthen and expand the health care workforce serving on the front lines of the nation’s addiction and overdose epidemic.

    According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2022 only 24% of patients aged 12 or older who needed treatment for a substance use disorder received that treatment.1 Additionally, more than 109,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the U.S. in the 12 months ending in February 2023, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.2 This crisis is compounded by a physician shortage that could reach up to 124,000 physicians by 2024. It is clear that we must act to train more physicians in order to meet the needs of patients across the country. This legislation can help us meet this need and strengthen the physician workforce by funding new, targeted residency positions.


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