In too many communities across America, residents do not have easy access to a primary health care provider. As a medical student in Baltimore, Maryland, Christin Donnelly has seen the impact that has on families and communities:
“My experiences working in inner city Baltimore and rural western Maryland have shown me how fulfilling it is to provide healthcare for those who need it the most. I enjoy the challenge and believe that I can maximize the wonderful education I have been given by working with these underserved populations.”
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more Americans will have access to health care from a compassionate doctor or nurse like Christin – receiving part of $9.1 million in National Health Service Corps funding being distributed to medical students at schools in 30 states and the District of Columbia – who will serve as primary care doctors and help strengthen the health care workforce.
This Students to Service program is just one of many NHSC initiatives receiving funding under the new law. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act, communities nationwide are benefiting from the nearly $900 million in scholarships and loan repayments that has almost tripled the number of participants in the National Health Service Corps to include more than 10,000 National Corps members – doctors, nurses and other health care providers.
Other recent health care law investments in training and the placement of thousands of new practicing doctors and nurses into the community include:
Altogether, these investments mean both that more patients will be able to get the care they need in their community – and that more Americans who want to embark on a career in health care will have access to training and jobs.
Tomorrow, I’m going to meet 400 National Health Service Corps members at their new awardee conference, and I’m excited to thank them for their service to this country. If you have a question about how the Affordable Care Act is going to help promote better access to care and more health care jobs, send it to me through Twitter @JonCarson44.
To read more about how the Affordable Care Act is investing in primary care, click here.