TMA Comments on Gov. Lee's State of the State Address 

March 4, 2019 

TMA has long advocated for increasing graduate medical education funding in Tennessee. The amount of dollars we allocate for physician training has stayed essentially the same for 30 years while the cost and demand has steadily increased. We applaud Governor Lee for recognizing the importance of GME to improving healthcare access and quality, particularly in primary care and rural, underserved areas of the state, and for making a firm commitment in the state budget. The additional funding is a good start to help us stop exporting physicians to other states.

Healthcare remains a top priority and concern for many Tennesseans and we have a lot of issues to work on, including several the governor addressed in his speech, like expanding healthcare coverage, investing in technology and continuing to fight the opioid epidemic. Tennessee’s physicians look forward to working with the Lee Administration in the pursuit of high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Tennesseans. 

Matthew L. Mancini, MD, FACS
TMA President, 2018-2019