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Resources by Topic: Financial aid for health careers

Markup of 26 Bills, Full Committee (July 17, 2019)
Recording of a U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce markup session of 26 bills. Addresses bills reauthorizing the National Health Service Corps, funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers, Medicaid funding for the U.S. territories, and other health-related bills.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. House of Representatives
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Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health: Kansas State Loan Repayment Program
Offers presentation slides from a webinar describing the Kansas State Loan Repayment Program and application process.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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HELP Committee Executive Session: S. 1199, S. 1173, and S.1895
Congressional hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, Pensions (HELP) Committee focused on: the Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2019, Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2019, and Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019. Focuses on ending surprise medical billing, creating price transparency, increasing prescription drug competition, improving public health, and improving health information exchange. Legislation would extend funding for community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. Addresses rural throughout.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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The Doctor is Out. Rising Student Loan Debt and the Decline of the Small Medical Practice
Provides a recording of a hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business regarding health profession school debt and the impact on specialization and practice decisions, particularly the reduction of sole practices in rural areas, and methods for addressing these issues. Includes testimony from representatives of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Association of Orthodontics, American College of Physicians, and American Enterprise Institute.
Additional links: Lauren Wiese Testimony, Sandra Norby Testimony, Tracey L. Henry Testimony, Video Recording
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. House of Representatives
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Investing in America's Health Care
Recording of a Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on a wide variety of healthcare bills addressing funding for community health centers, teaching health centers, the National Health Service Corps, a tribal diabetes program, the National Quality Forum, Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, and more. Includes testimony from Shasta Community Health Center, Vidant Health, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, Medicare Rights Center, and others.
Additional links: C. Dean Germano Testimony, Diana Autin Testimony, Fred Riccardi Testimony, Michael Waldrum Testimony, Thomas Barker Testimony
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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Illinois Center for Rural Health Annual Report for 2018
Report highlights the contributions made by the Illinois Department of Public Health in the form of grants and scholarships to support healthcare professionals and programs in Illinois. Compares the total grant funding to rural versus urban areas.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Center for Rural Health
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Addressing Rural Workforce Shortages and Healthcare Disparities: An Annotated Bibliography
Report designed to inform policy discussions and future publications concerning healthcare disparities and outcomes, the distribution of physicians in rural areas, and the graduate medical education system financing. Also includes sections on rural hospital closures, social determinants of health, and healthcare safety net facilities. Constructed from a literature review, expert-recommended articles, and a search of white and grey literature.
Author(s): Dara Khatib, Alison Huffstetler, Andrew Bazemore
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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Access to Care: Health Centers and Providers in Underserved Communities
Recording of a January 29, 2019 Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on the importance of community health centers and National Health Service Corps providers in helping to address issues of access to primary care for rural and urban underserved communities.
Additional links: Andrea Anderson Testimony, Dennis Freeman, Cherokee Health Systems Testimony, John B. Waits, Cahaba Medical Care FQHC Testimony
Date: 01/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Promising Practice: Loan Repayment Programs in Nebraska Yielding Huge Payoffs
Explores Nebraska's loan repayment programs for rural providers and health professionals administered by the State Office of Rural Health. Discusses the state's Health Professional Tracking Service (HPTS), which tracks all of the healthcare providers in the state.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Loan Repayment Programs
Provides an overview of federal student loan forgiveness and repayment programs, including those administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Addresses program components, effects, cost, and issues for Congress to consider.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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