DELAWARE — The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a state-sponsored health care provider loan repayment program, allowing eligible clinicians to receive up to $50,000 per year in loan repayment for a maximum of four years of employment in Delaware.
Governor John Carney signed House Bill 48 with House Amendment 1 on August 10, 2021, establishing the loan repayment program administered by the Delaware Health Care Commission.
In fiscal year 2022, the General Assembly allocated $1 million in public funds to support the loan repayment program. In December 2021, the Delaware Health Care Commission also received a one-time $1 million contribution from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. For fiscal year 2023, beginning July 1, 2022, the Governor’s Recommended Budget proposed an additional $1 million in government funds to support the program.
Qualified clinicians must be a new primary care provider in an outpatient or outpatient setting and have completed their graduate education within six months of submitting the program application. Eligible healthcare providers include physicians practicing family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, geriatrics, and psychiatry, as well as nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, nurse clinicians physicians and physician assistants practicing adult medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry. /mental health, geriatrics and women’s health.
Employers may apply on behalf of their affiliated and qualified clinicians for student loan repayment grants. These sites may include hospital primary care practices, private practices, federally licensed health centers, community outpatient facilities, community mental health facilities, and free medical clinics.
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