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1998 Special Session I

Budget Bill - HB4001 (Introduced)

Department of Health

Item 329

Item 329

First Year - FY1999Second Year - FY2000
Higher Education Student Financial Assistance (10800)$2,195,139$1,944,059
Scholarships (10810)FY1999 $2,195,139FY2000 $1,944,059
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY1999 $1,920,139FY2000 $1,669,059
SpecialFY1999 $225,000FY2000 $225,000
Federal TrustFY1999 $50,000FY2000 $50,000

Authority: §§ 23-35.9 through 23-35.13; 23-37.1 through 23-37.5; and 32.1-122.5:1 through 32.1-122.10, Code of Virginia.


A. Out of this appropriation, $465,000 the first year and $465,000 the second year is provided from the general fund for 67 medical scholarships the first year and 67 medical scholarships the second year for students who commit to practice in underserved areas of the state pursuant to § 32.1-122.6, Code of Virginia. Four scholarships the first year and four scholarships the second year shall be designated for Virginia residents who attend the School of Medicine at East Tennessee State University pursuant to § 32.1-122.5:1, Code of Virginia. Two scholarships the first year and two scholarships the second year shall also be designated for Virginia residents who attend the Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine under the same conditions as that extended to students at the Quillen School of Medicine at East Tennessee State University pursuant to § 32.1-122.5:1, Code of Virginia. The three state medical schools shall fully match all state funds for scholarships awarded to new applicants. Any unexpended and repaid medical scholarship money shall revert to the Physician Loan Repayment Program as defined in § 32.1-122.6:1, Code of Virginia. A committee composed of representatives from the Department of Health and the three medical schools shall be established within the Department of Health to determine regulations and procedures for the Medical Scholarship Program.


B.1. Out of this appropriation, $1,008,139 the first year and $658,139 the second year from the general fund are provided pursuant to § 32.1-122.7, Code of Virginia, to support the Virginia Statewide Area Health Education Centers and their activities related to health careers promotion, clinical training for health professions students, continuing education and practice support for practitioners, and community health initiatives.


2. Out of the amounts appropriated in the preceding paragraph, $158,139 the first year and $158,139 the second year from the general fund are provided to support health professions training activities conducted under the auspices of the Virginia Statewide Area Health Education Centers Program, in cooperation with Virginia's three medical schools, to achieve the goals of the Virginia Generalist Initiative. The following amounts shall be provided to support student recruitment and admissions activities: $68,239 the first year and $68,239 the second year for the statewide Center for the Advancement of Generalist Medicine at the University of Virginia; $49,900 the first year and $49,900 the second year for the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia's Center for the Advancement of Generalist Medicine; and $40,000 the first year and $40,000 the second year for the Virginia Statewide Area Health Education Centers Program. These resources shall be used to supplement the student recruitment and admissions initiatives at Virginia's three medical schools and the Virginia Statewide Area Health Education Centers Program.


3. Out of the amounts appropriated in paragraph B.1., $850,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year from the general fund are provided to the community Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) as follows: $200,000 the first year and $200,000 the second year to support Eastern Virginia AHEC; $150,000 the first year and $150,000 the second year to support Southside AHEC; $150,000 the first year and $150,000 the second year to support Blue Ridge AHEC; $175,000 the first year to support Southwest Virginia AHEC; and $175,000 the first year to support Greater Richmond AHEC. All community AHECs will continue to develop local and regional partnerships and collaborative funding ventures that help support the costs of program development, implementation, and evaluation.


C. Out of this appropriation, $25,000 the first year and $25,000 the second year is provided from the general fund for five nurse practitioner scholarships pursuant to § 32.1-122.6:02, Code of Virginia.


D. Out of this appropriation, $25,000 the first year and $25,000 the second year shall be provided from the general fund for ten dental scholarships per year pursuant to § 32.1-122.9, Code of Virginia.


E. Out of this appropriation shall be provided $50,000 each year from the general fund to the Virginia Physician Loan Repayment Program, pursuant to § 32.1-122.6:1, Code of Virginia, for medically underserved areas in the Counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and the City of Norton. Any unobligated balance for this program on June 30, 1999, shall be reappropriated for expenditure in the succeeding year within other medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth.


F. Out of this appropriation, $197,000 the first year and $295,920 the second year from the general fund are provided to support the development of the Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium to create and support medical residency preceptor sites in rural and underserved communities in Southwest Virginia.