HHS is making $200 million in stimulus funds available to support student loan repayments for primary-care medical, dental and mental health clinicians who want to work at National Health Service Corps sites.
The department expects to make 3,300 awards to clinicians who serve in health centers, rural health clinics and other healthcare facilities that care for uninsured and underserved people.
In exchange for the loan repayments, clinicians must serve for two years with the corps.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has laid the foundation for health reform and is supporting our effort to give more people access to the quality, affordable care they need, said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a written statement. National Health Service Corps has helped protect the health and well-being of millions of Americans. Now, we are doubling the Corps and putting doctors and clinicians in the communities where they are desperately needed.
The new funds are expected to double the number of corps clinicians and the number of patients they care for, and spark economic growth in communities hit hard by the economic downturn, said Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, which oversees the corps.