Title V. Health Care Workforce
Increasing the Supply of Primary Care Providers in Underserved Communities
The Act will increase the number of primary care providers, including doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and dentists in the areas of the country that need them most. Through the National Health Service Corps, the Act provides significant funding for scholarships and loan repayment for doctors, nurses and other providers who provide medical, dental, and mental health care in urban and rural areas that have a shortage of health professionals. It also increases the loan repayment amount and enables additional flexibility for providers to meet their service requirements.
It creates a loan repayment program for pediatric, mental and behavioral health specialists who provide services to children and adolescents in underserved areas or with underserved populations.
The Act also supports scholarships and loan repayments for disadvantaged students who commit to work in medically underserved areas and who serve as faculty in participating institutions.
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