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Senator Jay Rockefeller today said Community Health Systems is receiving $337,500 in federal grant funds, provided by the Affordable Care Act, to train primary care doctors.

The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, created by the Affordable Care Act, expands residency training in community-based settings like Community Health Systems in Beckley. The program trains doctors in family and internal medicine, among other medical disciplines.
 
"The program is designed to help recruit new doctors and train existing people to practice  primary care while keeping them in rural areas in the state where we have too few doctors to meet West Virginians' needs," Rockefeller said. "That's why this program is so important, and one that I fought hard to see included in the Affordable Care Act."
 
As part of the announcement, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the number of Teaching Health Centers is increasing from 14 last year to 21, and comes as primary care physicians are in short supply—but increasing demand.
 
"No other state has as much to gain from health care reform as West Virginia, and we continue to see tangible benefits of the law," Rockefeller said. "This is great news not only for health care in rural West Virginia, but around the country."
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