National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program?s objective is to increase the supply of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral and mental health professionals, certified nurse midwives, primary care nurse practitioners, physician assistants and, if needed by
the NHSC, other health professionals in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) within the U.S.A and its territories providing financial assistance to support the repayment of qualifying educational loans in return for service to populations located in HPSAs identified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Awards provide payments of up to $50,000 towards participants' qualified educational loans in exchange for 2 years of full time practice (up to $25,000 for 2 years of half time practice) at an approved National Health Service Corps Service Site under a written agreement with this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Individuals are eligible to apply if they have (1) U.S.

citizenship; (2) a health professions degree or are in professional practice (they must hold an unrestricted health professions license from the State in which they will be working, and be eligible for selection for a Federal civil service appointment, or hold an appointment as a commissioned officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the U.S.

Public Health Service); (3) not had any judgment liens arising from Federal debt ; (4) not been excluded, debarred, suspended, or disqualified by a Federal agency; (5) not been in breach of a health professional service obligation to the Federal, State or local government and (6) no conflicting service obligation.

Individuals must also participate or be eligible to participate as a provider in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children?s Health Insurance Programs, as appropriate.

Refer to the NHSC Loan Repayment Program Guidance for specific requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Primary care, oral health, and mental and behavioral health professionals are eligible for the Loan Repayment Program (LRP). Specific specialties within these professions are selected for LRP awards based on community demand for health services.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA Application and Program Guidance issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applicants may receive additional information about the application process at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/applicationprocess/index.html.

Award Procedures

NHSC loan repayment awards are made based on the highest need as determined by descending health professional shortage area scores. Priority will be given to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to practicing in underserved communities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, priority may be given to applicants whose training is in a health discipline or specialty determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to be needed by the NHSC and who the Secretary determines are committed to serve in health professional shortage areas. The HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Section 338B of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 United States Code Section 254l-1), as amended; Section 331(i) of the PHS Act (42 USC 254d(i)), as amended; Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-10).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Notifications to all applicants are made no later than September 30th of the application year.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Contract continuations will be considered according to the availability of appropriated funds and eligibility criteria applied to the individual and the site at which that individual is employed.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Loan repayments for 1 year of continued obligated service will be made no later than the end of the fiscal year in which the individual completes such year of service. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit through Program Support Center (PSC).

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The employing facility must complete and send a semi-annual In-Service Verification Form verifying that the participating health professional is providing service.

The certification includes a signature by an appropriate official of the facility.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0350-0-1-550.

Obigations

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not Applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Please see application process for NHSC LRP at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

National Health Service Corps, Loan Repayment Branch, Division of National Health Service Corps, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 14N48, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4400

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Priority will be given to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to practicing in underserved communities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, priority may be given to applicants whose training is in a health discipline or specialty determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to be needed by the NHSC and who the Secretary determines are committed to serve in health professional shortage areas.




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