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August 23, 2017

Announcements

The Rural Health Care Access Program (RHCAP) helps rural Idaho communities improve access to primary medical and dental health care through grants assistance. 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 and Medically Underserved Areas. For more information about eligibility please see the grant application guidance via the link below. 

Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP) provides loan repayment for qualifying physicians serving Health Professional Shortage Areas in Idaho. The program is focused on physicians providing primary care medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Physicians may receive a maximum of $100,000 over a four year period toward their academic debt. For more information about eligibility please see the grant application via the link below.

CLICK HERE to access the RHCAP and RPIP applications

The Idaho J-1 Visa Waiver Program has been expanded to allow qualifying Idaho healthcare facilities to submit waiver applications for specialist physicians and physician placements in areas without a federal shortage area designation. 

For detailed information and program requirements, please review the Idaho J-1 Visa Waiver Program page or contact the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care at 208-334-0669 or by email at ruralhealth@dhw.idaho.gov

SLRP is a multi-discipline, state-based loan repayment program for nurses, clinicians, and physicians working in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Loan repayment is provided through a federal grant, every award must be matched $1 to $1 with funds provided by the practitioner’s employer. Participating sites must implement a sliding fee scale for low income and uninsured patients and accept Medicare and Medicaid. Loan repayment awards may range from $2,500-$25,000 per year depending on employer contribution. A service obligation is required and sites must submit biannual reports during the funding period. Participants currently receiving loan repayment and fulfilling a service obligation are not eligible.

Practitioners receiving loan repayment must:

  • Ensure individuals at or below 200% of the most recent HHS Poverty Guidelines will receive a schedule of discounts, and individuals with income at or below 100% of the HHS Poverty Guidelines will receive services at a nominal fee or at no charge;
  • Be employed or contracted by a nonprofit or public entity located in a Health Professional Shortage Area;
  • Accept Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program;
  • Commit to fulfilling the minimum service obligation at the practice location in exchange for loan repayment and agree to substantial repayment penalties if the term of service is not completed (Full-time practitioners minimum 2 year service obligation and part-time practitioners minimum 4 year service obligation);
  • Not have concurrent service obligations;
  • Agree to participate in a site visit with staff from the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care during the obligation period.
For SLRP FAQ please Click Here

SLRP Site Application

SLRP Practitioner Application

Eligible SLRP disciplines include:

Primary Care Behavioral Health Dental Health  
Family Practice MD DD
OB/GYN DO PD
Pediatrician Psychiatrist RDH
Internal Medicine Psychologist  
NP NP
PA PA
RN RN
CNM LCSW
PharmD Psych Nurse Specialist
  Marriage/Family Therapist  
  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)  

For the SLRP Practitioner Application click here.
For the SLRP Site Application click here

National Rural Health Day was November 17th, 2016!

To learn more about National Rural Health Day- Click Here

The Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care would like to share some fun activities that to celebrate the power of rural! Click on the links below.