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Resources by Topic: Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers

Planting the Seeds, Working the Land: Postsecondary Programs in Rural Areas
Focuses on challenges and opportunities related to postsecondary education in rural areas. Addresses how state legislatures are responding and what community and technical colleges can do to help, including examples of model programs. Identifies education as a social determinant of health and includes examples related to health education, particularly state loan repayment legislation.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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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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Recruitment & Retention, 3RNet, and HPSAs
Highlights benefits rural facilities can offer to help recruit healthcare providers, including loan repayment programs and fringe benefits. Provides a brief overview of how Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are scored. Presentation slides from the Arkansas 2019 Annual Rural Health Conference.
Author(s): Naomi Sweeney
Date: 06/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
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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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National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide
Provides clarification for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites regarding eligibility requirements, qualification factors, compliance, roles and responsibilities, and other factors for becoming as NHSC approved site. Acts as a supplemental resource to the information provided in the online NHSC Site Application.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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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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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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