Wednesday, December 18, 2013

McDonnell reneges on vow to draw rural health professionals

“The McDonnell administration will expand loan forgiveness and scholarship programs for health care professionals with an emphasis on placing health care professionals in rural areas,” the campaign said.
In our first evaluation of the promise, we said the effort was “Stalled.” The administration had made progress on some aspects of rural health care but had not pushed the General Assembly to restart a loan forgiveness program.
Each year, the state receives $400,000 from the federal government for the Virginia State Loan Repayment Program, but local clinics, not the state government, pay out the required 50 percent match. The award number varies each year — in 2011, there were five awards; in 2012, there was one; and in 2013, there were five..... Click here to learn more.

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