ARRA National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment

To increase the supply of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienist, behavioral and mental health professionals, certified nurse midwives, certified family nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and, if needed by the National Health Service Corps, other health professionals in Health
Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) within the U.S.A and it s territories by assisting the repayment of qualifying educational loans in return for service to populations located health professional shortage areas identified by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: During FY 08, the program awarded a total of 1,535 contracts to eligible clinicians with health professions degrees or licenses to provide clinical services at NHSC approved sites in Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


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.

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Branch, Division of Applications and Awards, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 594-4400.

Public Information Phone: (1-800) 221-9393.
Website Address

http://www.hrsa.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Awards provide payments of up to $35,000 a year towards participants" qualified government and commercial health professions undergraduate and graduate education loans in return for providing 2 years of clinical service at an approved NHSC community site(s).

NHSC LRP participants in good-standing may have an opportunity to request, payments of up to $35,000 a year for a 3rd and 4th subsequent year, payments of up to $25,000 a year for a 5th subsequent year, payments of up to $20,000 a year for a 6th subsequent year , and, payments of up to $15,000 for a 7th subsequent year and beyond may be available to continue their service obligation at an approved NHSC community.

Health professions given priority for selection are those identified by communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specialized group (e.g.

health professionals, students, veterans): Health/Medical

Beneficiary Eligibility

Health Professional; Education Professional; Student/Trainee; Graduate Student; U.S. Citizen

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program ARRA Applicant Information Bulletin issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted as part of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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 OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications are generally solicited by a Applicant Information Bulletin and application details can be found at www.hrsa.gov.

Award Procedures

NHSC loan repayment awards are made based on the highest need as determined by descending health professional shortage area scores. Preference is given to qualified applications with documented disadvantaged background and/or exceptional financial need status and will be funded regardless of HPSA score. Priority will be given to individuals whose training is in a health discipline or specialty determined by the Secretary for Health and Human Services to be needed by the NHSC and who the Secretary determines are committed to service in health professional shortage areas.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) , Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Branch, Division of Applications and Awards, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 594-4400. Public Information Phone: (1-800) 221-9393.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Contract amendments 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

Initial loan repayment awards require a minimum 2 year service obligation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Direct Payments.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

Cash reports are not applicable.

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

All recipients must submit a payment history to the Division of Applications and Awards, Bureau of Clinician and Recruitment Service within 45 days of making payments for qualifying educational loans.

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0351-0-1-550.

Obigations

(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 08 $59,647,676; FY 09 est $72,861,528; FY 10 est $72,861,528 - Est ARRA FY 09 $70,595,000 million; Est ARRA FY 10 $70,595,000 million.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

New awards range from $5,000 to $50,000, with an average award being $46,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 42 CFR Part 62, Subpart B of the implementing regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Branch, Division of Applications and Awards, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 594-4400. Public Information Phone: (1-800) 221-9393.

Headquarters Office

Lisa Walsh, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11-03, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: lwalsh@hrsa.gov Phone: (301) 443-0197.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Preference will be provided to qualified applicants with documented disadvantaged background and/or exceptional financial need status regardless of HPSA score. Priority will be given to applicants who are individuals whose training is in a health profession or specialty determined by the Secretary to be needed by NHSC.



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