Issue Background

Appropriations

Under current law, Title VII of the Public Health Service Act of 1944 is the only federal funding stream that benefits PA education.

Historically, PA education programs have benefited from four core initiatives, among others:

  1. Expansion of Physician Assistant Training (EPAT) grants
  2. Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)
  3. Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) grants
  4. Area Health Education Centers (AHECs)

These investments have allowed programs to implement innovative educational initiatives for students, expand capacity, and increase the number of students who go on to work in underserved areas and as primary care providers.

The ultimate impact of these achievements has been a more equitable health care system for all Americans.

By funding PCTE grants for PA programs at a level of $12 million annually and increasing appropriations for other high-priority Title VII programs, Congress can recommit to continued progress.

PAEA supports Title VII funding for PA education programs and specifically a $12 million annual allocation for PA programs under the Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) grant program.