It’s not too late to apply to the NHSC S2S Loan Repayment Program

 

 

 

Submit your application today!

NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program application cycle closes on
November 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET

NHSC S2S LRP applicants may qualify for up to $120,000 in loan repayment for their medical, nursing and dental school student loans. Eligible health professional students in their final year of school receive the award in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a high-need rural, tribal, or urban community. Read the 2021 Application and Program Guidance (PDF-1.2 MB) carefully before you start your application.

  • Students must be U.S. citizens or nationals and enrolled or accepted in an eligible medical (MD or DO), dental (DDS or DMD), NP or CNM degree program at a U.S. accredited school.
  • Installments are paid to students annually in a tax-free lump sum.
  • NHSC S2S LRP award recipients are eligible to continue service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program.

CHIP Buy-in Program Could Contribute to Health Coverage Progress in West Virginia

With New Data Showing Health Coverage Progress in West Virginia Stalled Prior to COVID-19 Crisis, WVCBP’s New Policy Brief Details How State Can Cover All Children

The number of West Virginians without health insurance stayed the same in 2019, further stalling the historic gains made under the Affordable Care Act even before the COVID-19 economic and health crisis caused job and health insurance loss for tens of thousands of West Virginians.

Today’s data release shows that 120,000 West Virginians lacked health insurance in 2019, a statistically insignificant change from 2018. West Virginia’s uninsured rate was 6.7 percent in 2019. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the state’s expansion of Medicaid, West Virginia’s uninsured rate was 14.6 percent, with 266,000 people without health insurance coverage.

Just as overall progress in health coverage for all West Virginians has stalled, our state’s children have seen an increase in the uninsured rate as well. Our new policy brief out today highlights how West Virginia can build upon the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to reverse course and cover all kids.

“Much progress has been made in recent years to achieve the goal of universal health care coverage for children. But challenges remain, and there is still a need for affordable, comprehensive insurance options. A CHIP buy-in program can act as one of those options, particularly in light of recent changes to federal law that make it easier for states to pursue their own program. A well-designed CHIP buy-in program could be a cost-effective way of moving toward universal coverage for children.”

You can find the full report here.

While concerning, the 2019 data is already out-of-date as many West Virginians have lost health coverage due to the COVID-19 crisis and the current uninsured rate is likely much higher. As many as 100,000 West Virginians, including both those who lost their jobs and dependents of displaced workers, lost their health coverage this year at the height of the COVID-19 economic crisis. If all of those West Virginians remain uninsured for a length of time, the state’s 2020 uninsured rate could spike to over 12 percent. A CHIP buy-in program could help mitigate some of that harm.

Application Now Open – NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

 

Take the Next Step in your Career with the NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

The 2021 Application Program and Guidance for the National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (NHSC S2S LRP) is now open and includes new nursing disciplines. In response to health workforce needs for quality primary and maternity care, the FY21 program includes Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). The application cycle closes on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

About the Program: NHSC S2S LRP applicants may qualify for up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment for their medical, nursing and dental school student loans. Eligible health professional students in their final year of school receive the award in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a high-need (HPSA 14 or above) rural, tribal, or urban community. Read the 2021 Application and Program Guidance (PDF-1.2 MB) carefully before you start your application.

  • Students must be U.S. citizens or nationals and enrolled or accepted in an eligible medical (MD or DO), dental (DDS or DMD), NP or CNM degree program at a U.S. accredited school.
  • Installments are paid to students annually in a lump sum which, when applied to qualified health professional student loans, can significantly lower the overall debt by reducing accrued loan interest amounts.
  • NHSC S2S LRP award recipients are eligible to continue service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, and could potentially pay off all of their educational debt with continued service at an approved NHSC site.

Technical Assistance

Application Webinar
Tuesday, September 15
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Join the Webinar
Dial in: 800-857-9780
Passcode: 4606794

Online Q & A Sessions 
Tuesday, September 29  &  Monday, October 26
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
Ask a Question

For additional information, including a program fact sheet, visit the NHSC website. Find NHSC-approved sites on the Health Workforce Connector.

 

Re-open Safely

Re-open Safely:  Guidelines on Re-opening and Staying Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By now, most medical practices in most areas of the country have re-opened at least in a limited capacity, following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown earlier this spring. But, with a resurgence of cases this summer and uncertainty about what direction the virus will take this fall, many are wondering how to continue to remain open and keep their patients safe.

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), practices need a checklist of criteria to answer in order to re-open and stay open (checklist details found in the AMA’s “A Physician Guide to Keeping Your Practice Open During COVID-19”):

  • Comply with governmental guidance
  • Make a plan
  • Anticipate and plan for COVID-19 exposure in the office
  • Make a plan for what should be done if an employee contracts COVID-19 while at work
  • Plan in increments
  • Institute safety measures for patients
  • Ensure workplace safety for clinicians and staff
  • Implement and make continued use of a tele-triage program
  • Continue the practice of screening patients before scheduled in-person visits
  • Coordinate testing with local hospitals and clinics
  • Limit non-patient visitors
  • Review coverage with your medical liability insurance carrier
  • Establish confidentiality/privacy
  • Consider legal implications

There are many resources available from national and state-based organizations to help you reopen to both patients, residents and the community. Here are some for your reference:

WVRHA Board Member Quintin Brubaker Wins National Student Leadership Award

Photo by WVU School of Medicine News

WVU School of Medicine News

Quintin Brubaker, a fourth-year medical student at West Virginia University, is the recipient of the 2019 Student Leadership Award from the National Rural Health Association.

The Winchester, Virginia native has a deep-rooted history in community-focused healthcare. Prior to joining the WVU School of Medicine, Brubaker worked as an emergency medical technician and then paramedic in rural areas of his home state.

“The experience helped me recognize how many primary healthcare needs were being unmet in these rural communities,” Brubaker said. “Rather than being the provider who shows up when something has already gone wrong, I wanted to help people in communities stay well and maybe avoid some of these situations to begin with.”

Read the full story at medicine.hsc.wvu.edu