On June 24, the MMA sent letters
to Minnesota’s congressional delegation asking them to support the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, which would expand access to care by supporting international medical graduates (IMGs).
The bill would help offset a growing shortage of physicians by allowing previously unused immigrant visas to be made available to physicians for up to 90 days following the end of the declared national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Passage of this legislation could clear the way for up to 15,000 additional physicians to practice in the United States.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many areas of the country – including both urban and rural parts of Minnesota – faced significant shortages of physicians. Studies have shown that IMGs are more likely to provide care in underserved areas and populations.
Passage of legislation such as the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act will provide critical assistance in addressing these shortages.