Physicians to Congress: Continue Funding Loan Repayment Program

The NHSC program was launched in 1972 and has grown steadily in recent decades, but its funding was extended for only two years in 2015.

from AAFP

The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program helps fully trained family physicians pay off qualifying educational loans in exchange for service in a designated health professional shortage area. The program also offers scholarships and monthly living stipends to medical students committed to providing primary care in underserved communities. Annual funding is set at $310 million, but it will expire on Sept. 30 without congressional action.

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