State Funding Allotted for GME/Physician Loan Repayment Programs

Higher Education Funding Slashed in 2012-13 State Budget Plan

State leaders agreed to a two-year budget that trimmed $15 billion in current spending on May 23. It authorizes spending to the tune of $80.6 billion. The good news is that the apparent budget deal includes no cuts to physicians’ Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) payments, no cuts to state mental health programs, and significant reversals of proposed cuts to tobacco cessation and other public health programs. Here’s the bad news. As lawmakers worked to push every available education dollar into the public schools, they pulled money out of higher education. Budget negotiators used the budget numbers in the House budget plan. That means steep cuts to undergraduate and graduate medical education (GME). TMA has advocated since April for lawmakers to use the more generous Senate budget plan. Here’s the damage:

  2010-2011  2012-2013  % change  Senate Plan  House Plan 
           
Family Practice Residency Program $21,214,310 $5,600,000 -73.6% $16,500,000 $0
           
Primary Care Residency Program $4,990,440 $0 -100% $0 $0
           
Graduate Medical Education Program $600,000 $0 -100% $570,000 $0
           
Total Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board GME Funds $26,804,750 $5,600,000 -79.11% $17,100,000 $0
           
State GME Formula Funding $79,093,878 $54,000,000 -31.6% $56,916,440 $53,920,840
           
Preceptorship Program $904,289 $0 -100% $644,306 $0
           
Physician Education Loan Repayment Programs $25,396,094 $5,600,000 -77.9% $17,491,432 $0
           
FREW Children's Medicaid (Physician & Dentist) Loan Repayment Program $32,920,694 $0 -100% $0 $0

   

Last Updated On

June 22, 2016

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