States and territories can apply through April 8, 2022, for a portion of $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to help repay educational loans for primary care clinicians in exchange for service in underserved communities, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced yesterday. The funding represents a five-fold increase in funding to HRSA’s State Loan Repayment Program. The agency expects to make up to 50 awards of up to $1 million per year over the four-year project period. Awards will be announced prior to the project start date of Sept. 1, 2022.
“With these funds, states can design programs that optimize the selection of disciplines and service locations, and tailor the length of service commitments to address the areas of greatest need in their communities,” said Acting HRSA Administrator Diana Espinosa. “This investment will make a tremendous impact on access to primary care and addressing health disparities at a critical time.”