ACP Action Alert: Urge Your U.S. Senators to Support International Medical Graduates during this Pandemic; Call Now!
ACP has long recognized the value of international medical graduates (IMGs) and their contributions to health care delivery in this country. IMGs are currently serving on the frontlines of the U.S. health care system, both under J-1 and H-1B training visas and in other forms. These physicians serve an integral role in the delivery of health care in the United States, especially during this global pandemic. They are often more willing than their U.S. medical graduate counterparts to practice in remote, rural areas and in poor underserved urban areas. Diversity in the physician workforce is necessary to the health care for an increasingly diverse patient population.
Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that supports IMGs and their families, and temporarily eases certain immigration-related restrictions to allow IMGs and other critical healthcare workers to enter the U.S. to train in internal medicine residency programs, to assist in the fight against COVID-19, and to provide a pathway to permanent residency status. ACP is urging support and passage of these bills:
- Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act (S. 948): This bill allows states to sponsor foreign-trained physicians to work in medically underserved areas in exchange for a waiver of the physicians' two-year foreign residence requirement. It increases the base number of annual Conrad waivers available to each state from 30 to 35, with a demand-based sliding scale to determine the number of available waivers in future years, and includes a provision to address the current backlog in the system for physicians on J-1 visas who wish to acquire permanent residency status (green card). View list of current cosponsors.
- Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (S. 3599): This bill would authorize immigrant visas for health care clinicians, including up to 15,000 physicians who are eligible to practice in the United States or are already in the country on temporary work visas. The visas would provide a pathway to employment based green cards. View ACP’s letter of support to Congress on S. 3599 and the current list of cosponsors.
Action Requested: Please call your U.S. senators via the prompts below and urge them to cosponsor and include S. 948 and S. 3599 in the next bipartisan COVID-19 relief package. We have provided a sample call script below, which can be customized based on your own experiences.