The House by voice vote passed legislation that would extend for two years a program allowing foreign physicians to practice in the U.S. if they agree to work in medically underserved areas for at least three years. Similar legislation still must pass the Senate. The reauthorization would be retroactive to May 31, when the J-1 Visa waiver program expired. According to the office of Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who sponsored the bill, more than 1,000 foreign doctors practiced medicine in the U.S. in 2003 under the J-1 Visa program. -- by Tony Fong
House OKs continuing Visa waivers for foreign docs
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