Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program Seeks Healthcare Workers

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – If you are a healthcare worker and still have student loans, the Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program seeks to help you with your payments.

Since its inception in 2003, the program has been a helpful recruitment and retention tool to address labor shortages in rural and underserved areas of the state. This is a competitive program and if your application is selected, you will be required to work full-time for two years at an eligible state site providing primary care services.

To be eligible to apply for the KSLRP, applicants must:

  • Be a US citizen (US born or naturalized) or US national and work in Kentucky.
  • Have been trained and licensed to provide direct patient care in one of the program’s eligible disciplines and specialties: physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses, dentists, registered dental hygienists, social workers licensed clinics, licensed professional clinicians Counsellors, health service psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, alcohol and substance use disorder counselors and pharmacists.
  • Have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, and unrestricted professional license, certificate, or registration in Kentucky in the discipline in which you are applying to serve.
  • Be employed at an eligible KSLRP site or have accepted an offer of employment at an eligible site where service will commence (and candidate will begin seeing patients) no later than January 2023.
  • Work in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) that matches their training and/or discipline. (You can search the HPSA Find a website to determine if your practice site is located in an HPSA.)
  • Practice full-time, as defined by a minimum of 40 hours per week, for a minimum of 45 weeks per year, providing primary health care services at an eligible site.
  • Participate or be eligible to participate as a provider in the Medicare, Medicaid, and children’s health insurance program, as applicable.
  • Agree to use KSLRP funds only to repay eligible student loans.
  • Have a history of meeting prior legal obligations, have no existing service obligations or incur any service obligations that would be performed concurrently with their KSLRP service obligation, and should not be currently excluded, excluded, suspended or disqualified by a federal agency.

Completed applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on September 1, 2022.

For more information about the program, contact Lisa Garza at KSLRP@uky.edu or 606-439-3557.

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