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Shortage Designations

Health Professional Shortage Areas

The Primary Care Office develops and coordinates all Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation applications in partnership with Idaho communities and the Department of Health and Human Services. Once awarded, a federally designated HPSA can last up to four years.

Federal designations establish eligibility for federal and state resources such as National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship and loan repayment programs, the Medicare Incentive Payment Program, and Rural Health Care Access Program funding.

Health Professional Shortage Area designations are determined for areas, populations and facilities in the categories of Primary Medical Care, Dental Health and Mental Health.

Medically Underserved Area/Population

The Primary Care Office develops and submits applications for all federal Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P) designations in partnership with Idaho communities and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The MUA/P designations determine eligibility for federal and state resources, such as the development of Community, Migrant, or Homeless Health Clinics through 330 funding (Section 330 of the PHS Act as amended) and Health Care Safety Net Amendments of 2002 (Public Law 107-251).