State launches loan repayment program for healthcare workers

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The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a publicly funded program Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program. The program provides eligible clinicians with up to $50,000 per year in loan repayment for up to four years of employment in Delaware.

The program, enacted in 2021, aims to incentivize providers to practice in Delaware and attract more providers to the state’s primary care workforce.

Qualified clinicians must be new primary care providers in an outpatient or outpatient setting and must have completed their graduate education within six months of submitting the HCPLRP 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, clinical nurse specialists and physician assistants practicing adult medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry/health psychiatry, geriatrics, and women’s health.

Employers may apply on behalf of their affiliated and qualified clinicians for student loan repayment grants. Sites include hospital primary care practices, private practices, and community and federally licensed health centers.

For awards given to practitioners employed by Delaware healthcare facilities, hospitals and healthcare systems must provide a 50% match for loan repayment awards.

Priority attention will be given to Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research-participating students and participants in Delaware-based residency programs.

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed on June 1, August 1 and October 1. Applicants in June and August must have completed graduate medical school by July 2021 or soon thereafter. Candidates for the October 1 exam cycle must complete their graduate studies by 2022 or soon thereafter.

Delaware Healthcare Provider Loan Repayment Program Application Now Available on line.

In addition to the state-sponsored health care provider loan repayment program, Delaware has a federal state loan repayment program supported by the U.S. Department of Health’s Health Resources and Services Administration. Health and Social Services. SLRP is offering up to $200,000 for four-year contractual agreements to provide services in federally designated health professional shortage areas. To learn more about these programs, visit: dhss.delaware.gov/dhcc/LRP.html.

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