WASHINGTON, July 30 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today that Vermont will receive funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to help the state hire more health care professionals in underserved areas across the state.
The four-year funding begins with a $250,000 allotment that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the state and will provide loan repayment assistance to 25 health care professionals. Eligible recipients will include doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants and dentists hired at Federally Qualified Health Centers or rural health clinics.
A Sanders provision in the Affordable Care Act authorized $1.5 billion for the National Health Service Corps, which provides scholarships and loan repayment for health care providers to work in underserved communities. “I am pleased that these dollars will help attract and retain dedicated health care providers to areas of high need across Vermont,” Sanders said.
Nine of Vermont’s fourteen counties have an inadequate or severely inadequate supply of physicians. Federally qualified health centers play an important role in the delivery of primary medical, dental, and mental health services to Vermonters. This year, one in four Vermonters will choose to get their care at more than 50 community health center sites across the state.