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Nurses, doctors and midwives in rural areas will soon be able to receive student finance in PA

Nurses, doctors and midwives in rural areas will soon be able to receive student finance in PA

July 1, 2024 – Rep. Kathy L. Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest), Republican chair of the House Health Committee, today announced that her bill to provide financial incentives to recruit rural health care providers has been approved by the House Health Committee . House Bill 2382 would create the Rural Health Care Grant Program, which would allow rural hospitals to help certain providers pay off their student loans.

“Our rural communities are facing a health crisis,” Rapp said. “Rural health centers and hospitals are struggling to stay open because of challenges in recruiting providers. The Rural Health Care Grant Program is a win-win. It helps hospitals bring in skilled workers and helps providers by covering some of their high student loan costs. Ultimately, the real winners will be our rural communities, which hopefully have fully staffed teams ready to care for their residents.”

To qualify for the subsidy, Bill 2382 requires registered nurses, physicians, or midwives to begin working in a rural hospital, Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC), rural health center, or birth center within six months of accepting a position. They must be classified as full-time if they work 30 or more hours per week or 130 hours per month and have worked in the facility for at least three years.

The measure now goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration.