Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program Accepting Applications From Health Care Providers

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HAZARD, Ky. (Sep 7, 2020) – The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program (KSLRP) is now accepting applications from health care providers seeking help repaying student loan debt.

KSLRP is a loan repayment assistance program that aims to help recruit and retain healthcare providers employed in rural and underserved communities in the Commonwealth. Candidates selected to participate in the competitive program agree to work full-time for two years to provide primary care services at an eligible practice site located in an area of ​​health professional shortage. Participants receive tax-free student loan repayment bonuses in exchange for their service commitment.

The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) is the administrator of the KSLRP, which is funded by the National Health Service Corps, a federal program administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Bureau of Health Workforce. .

The maximum annual scholarships vary from $ 10,000 to $ 40,000, depending on the disciplines and specialties of the applicants, the level of debt and the level of commitment of the sponsor.

The current application window runs until October 1. The deadline for submitting completed application documents is Thursday, October 1 at 5 p.m. EST.

Eligible applicants for the KSLRP include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses, dentists, licensed dental hygienists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, health service psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, alcoholism and drug addiction counselors and pharmacists.

Common practice sites include federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, community mental health facilities, state and county health department clinics, free clinics, affiliated critical access hospitals at a qualified outpatient clinic, correctional or detention facilities and private practices. Practice sites must be public or private not-for-profit entities.

KSLRP is a 50/50 match program: for every federal dollar provided by KSLRP, participants must have a 1: 1 match from a sponsoring source. Sponsors can include employers at the practice site; private foundations, companies, community

organizations and / or philanthropies; and, rural organizations requesting that their funds be used to support the placement of practitioners in rural areas.

The service commitment of participants begins in January 2021.

The program also allows former participants to apply for one-year extension contracts.

Program guidelines and all application materials are available online at www.kyruralhealth.org/KSLRP.

For more information, please contact Lisa Garza (lisa.garza@uky.edu; 606-439-3557, ext 83490).

About the Kentucky Office of Rural Health

The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), established in 1991, is a federal-state partnership authorized by federal law. The UK Center of Excellence for Rural Health, located in Hazard, serves as the federally appointed Kentucky rural health office. KORH’s mission is to support the health and well-being of Kentuckians by promoting access to rural health services. The program provides a framework for connecting small rural communities to local, state and federal resources while working towards long-term solutions to rural health problems. KORH helps clinicians, administrators and consumers find ways to improve communications, finances and access to quality health care while ensuring that funding agencies and policy makers are aware of the needs. rural communities.

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