Rural, underserved areas to receive much-needed primary care services
October 17, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced 13 new awards for health care professionals who will offer primary care in rural and other underserved areas of Nevada. Through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program, Nevada has received $632,712 for loans to 13 new awardees this year. Twenty-seven clinicians currently serve more than 28,000 Nevadans at 99 NHSC-approved sites in both rural and urban areas in the Silver State.
“Not only are we creating jobs and providing vital health care services to the most vulnerable Nevadans, but we’re also keeping talented health care professionals in our state,” Reid said. “National Health Service Corps helps our economy by addressing health issues early on and reducing the number of emergency room visits. Health insurance reform continues to increase access to quality health care for all Nevadans.”
The NHSC Loan Repayment Program funds come from the Affordable Care Act, Recovery Act, and FY 2011 base appropriation investments. The loan repayment program provides an initial, tax-free award of up to $60‚000 for two years of service in an underserved community and the opportunity to pay off all health professional student loans with continued service.
Established in 1972, the National Health Service Corps, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has provided health care to communities across the country through the service of more than 41,000 primary health care practitioners over its nearly 40-year history. The NHSC provides financial, professional and educational resources to medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health care providers who bring their skills to areas of the United States with limited access to health care. For more information: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/.
In August, Senator Reid announced that Nevada hospitals would receive 71 additional graduate physician slots to help expand their residency programs. University Medical Center in Las Vegas will receive 50 slots and Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno will receive 21 slots. Reid fought to include this provision in the health insurance reform law to ensure that more physicians train in Nevada and end up practicing in – and not leaving – the state.