Rep. Harshbarger in Health Affairs: Why the FAIR Act Hits the Mark

Published May 14, 2024

By AACOM Government Relations

Advocacy Federal Policy GME Healthcare Workforce OME Advocate

Representative Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) responded to Fair Access In Residency (FAIR) Act criticisms in her Health Affairs article published April 29, 2024.


As the sponsor for the bipartisan FAIR Act (H.R. 751), Rep. Harshbarger defends the legislation, calling it necessary “to eliminate arbitrary and inequitable burdens imposed on osteopathic medical students by federally funded residency programs.” Rep. Harshbarger draws parallels to the AACOM-endorsed Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, describing the FAIR Act as a method of preventing “unnecessary stresses, costs, and barriers for the dedicated and talented people training to become tomorrow’s doctors.”