2006 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hamilton
Physician Assistants Loan Repayment Program

Item 285 #1h

Item 285 #1h

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Health And Human Resources
Health, Department of FY2007 $40,000 FY2008 $40,000 GF

Page 244, line 2, strike "$1,808,196" and insert "$1,848,196".
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"D.  Out of this appropriation, $40,000 the first year and $40,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for loan repayments for physician assistants who  choose to practice in medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth."

(This amendment provides $40,000 from the general fund each year for the funding of a loan repayment program for physician assistants who choose to practice in a medically underserved area of the Commonwealth. A physician assistant scholarship program was created by the 1997 General Assembly, but no funds have ever been appropriated to support the scholarships. Loan repayment has been proven to be a more successful means of attracting and retaining physicians to medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth.)