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

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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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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Designation of Arizona Medically Underserved Areas
Provides a map and list of Primary Care Areas in Arizona and identifies resources being provided to Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the state. Lists sites for Arizona's State Loan Repayment Program.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Bureau of Health Systems Development
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Loan Repayment Sites in Arizona Medically Underserved Areas
Identifies the loan repayment sites in Arizona's Medically Underserved Areas.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
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Promising Practice: Team Effort in Idaho Achieves New Funding for Physician Repayment Program
Presents a promising practice from the Idaho State Office of Rural Health who worked with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to establish the state's first loan repayment program for physicians.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Rural America Faces Shortage of Physicians to Care for Rapidly Aging Population
Discusses the problem of physician shortages in rural areas, the role of foreign-born physicians who serve in high-need areas, and physician training programs that specifically target rural practice.
Author(s): Janis Orlowski, Michael Dill
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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