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Rural Health Care Access and Physician Incentive Program (RHCAP/RPIP)

The Rural Health Care Access Program (RHCAP) helps rural Idaho communities improve access to primary medical and dental health care through grants assistance. "Improving access to health care" includes removing barriers that prevent people from obtaining healthcare, strengthening healthcare systems, and developing partnerships to better serve communities. Grants of up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of one year may be awarded to eligible entities serving areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas or Medically Underserved Areas. Applicants may submit grant proposals that improve access to health care in any of the three assistance categories:
  • Telehealth projects

  • Community development projects

  • Other

Applicants must be a non-profit organization registered with the Idaho secretary of state or government organization. Individuals may not apply for RHCAP funds.

The Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP) was successfully transitioned from the Office of the State Board of Education to the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care. RPIP provides loan repayment for qualifying physicians serving federally-designated shortage areas in Idaho. The program is focused on physicians providing primary care medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. RPIP is funded by fees assessed to physicians attending the University of Washington and University of Utah medical schools in state-supported seats. Physicians may receive a maximum of $50,000 over a four year period toward their academic debt.  Preference is given to eligible physicians who paid into the RPIP fund, however, funding is not limited to these candidates. RPIP award decisions are made by the Health Care Access and Physician Incentive Grant Review Board. Currently, ten physicians are receiving loan repayment through the program. 

Idaho Statute, Title 39: Health & Safety, Chapter 59
Primary Care Eligible Areas
Dental Eligible Areas
Mental Health Eligible Areas