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March 21, 2018


*New applications for the State Loan Repayment Program are not being accepted at this time. Please check back for updates, or contact the Bureau of Rural Health & Primary Care at to be notified when the application cycle resumes.*

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


Webinar Recording: 

CLICK HERE Appendix Z Guidelines

CLICK HERE Webinar Slides


CLICK HERE CAH Inpatient Plan Template

CLICK HERE After-Action Report/Improvement Plan

CLICK HERE Job Action Sheet Template 

CLICK HERE Helpful General Emergency Preparedness Resources

There are 7 Regional Healthcare Disaster Preparedness Coalitions in Idaho grouped by county.  Idaho’s Regional Healthcare Coalitions assist with healthcare facility questions on emergency preparedness and response.  

CLICK HERE for the Map and contact information for each of the Regional Healthcare Coalitions. 

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