During the week of September 13, the AUA met with staff in the office of Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) to garner support and sponsorship for a Senate companion of H.R. 944. Additionally, the AUA met with staff in the office of Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE-At Large), Buddy Carter (R-GA-01), and Dan Crenshaw R-TX-02) to discuss cosponsorship of H.R. 944.
As a reminder, Representatives David McKinley (R-WV-01) and Peter Welch (D-VT-AL) introduced this legislation in February 2021. It establishes a loan repayment program to encourage specialty medicine physicians to serve in rural communities experiencing a shortage of specialty medicine physicians. Offices remain receptive to the idea of incentivizing specialists to practice in rural areas while helping patients gain much-needed access to care.
The AUA also has created a grassroots alert that allows any domestic AUA member to easily contact their federally elected officials to ask them to cosponsor this legislation. To access this action center, click here or simply text AUA to 52886 to get started.
H.R. 944 Adds Cosponsors
On September 14, Representative Deborah Ross (D-NC-02) signed on as a cosponsor of this important measure. The AUA held direct meetings with staff in this office the previous week, which ultimately led to her supporting the bill.