New Hampshire Loan Repayment Program

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Type Loan Forgiveness
Amount $20,000The student may receive up to 20000 for repayment of a qualified loan.
Duration 2 YearsApril 1, July 1, October 1, January 1

Description

The New Hampshire State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) provides funds to health care professionals working in areas of the State designated as being medically underserved. These medically underserved areas; identified as Health Care Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (MHPSAs), Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSAs), Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps), and Governor's Exceptional Medically Underserved Populations (E-MUP) are indicators that a shortage of primary healthcare providers exist, posing a barrier to access to primary health care services for the residents of these areas. Health care providers participating in the SLRP agree to provide medical services to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. In addition, the health care provider and the practice site must offer a sliding-fee schedule based on current federal poverty guidelines, accept Medicaid, Medicare, and State Children's Health Insurance Program assignment rates, and provide free care when medically necessary.

The Rural Health & Primary Care Section (RHPC), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), administers this program.

Service Requirement

In order to be eligible to receive loan repayment, an applicant must agree to a minimum service obligation of thirty-six months for full time service or to a minimum obligation of twenty-four months for part-time service.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be US citizens, must not have any unserved obligations for service to another governmental or non-governmental agency, and must be licensed and ready to begin full- or part-time clinical practice at the eligible practice site once a contract has been signed.

General Surgeons who are employed by a Critical Access Hospital in New Hampshire and are working "full time" which is defined as a minimum of 40 hours per week, for minimum of 45 weeks per service year providing general surgery at an eligible practice site, with no more than 8 hours per week devoted to practice-related administrative activities.

General practitioners who have not completed their residency training programs, school psychologists, school licensed professional counselors, and RNs & LPNs are not eligible for funding under the State Loan Repayment Program.

Site Eligibility

Federal/State Loan Repayment Program grant program guidance requires that loan repayment sites must be nonprofit private or public entities located in federal designated shortage areas.

Sites requesting loan repayment for a health care provider must agree to implement a sliding-fee-schedule for low-income patients and accept assignment for Medicaid beneficiaries and have entered into an appropriate agreement with the State agency for Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program beneficiaries.

Appropriate sites include community health centers, health care entities that provide primary health care services to underserved populations, federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics and other safety-net agencies that provide a full range of primary and preventive health services.

Locating eligible employment is the responsibility of the healthcare provider. The provider should confirm program eligibility of the proposed work site before entering into employment agreements if they wish to be considered for the State Loan Repayment Program. The State of New Hampshire contracts with the New Hampshire Recruitment Center to act as a single point of contact for primary care recruitment of healthcare providers and dentists and, through this agreement, utilize the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET) for recruitment. Not all sites qualify for the State Loan Repayment Program.

Potential Award Amounts

Funding Match:

State of New Hampshire SLRP contracts are awarded first to applicants who have secured a one-to-one match for each state dollar in the contract. This match can come from the eligible practice site or the community in which the applicant will practice. If an applicant is unable to secure a match, his/her application will be considered in competition with all other unmatched applications received.

Full-time:

State of New Hampshire SLRP will offset graduate or undergraduate educational loans to full-time primary care physicians, dentists, and psychiatrists for $75,000 for a minimum service obligation of thirty-six months with an opportunity of an extension for an additional twenty-four months at $40,000 and full-time eligible licensed health care professionals for $45,000 for a minimum service obligation of thirty-six months with an opportunity of an extension for an additional twenty-four months at $20,000.

Part-time:

State of New Hampshire SLRP will offset graduate or undergraduate educational loans to part-time primary care physicians, dentists, and psychiatrists for $27,500 for a minimum service obligation of twenty-four months with an opportunity of an extension for an additional twelve-month at $10,000 and part-time eligible licensed health care professionals for $17,500 for a minimum service obligation of twenty-four months with an opportunity for an extension for an additional twelve-months for $5,000.

State funds have been set aside to offset graduate or undergraduate educational loans to full-time General Surgeons who are employed at our New Hampshire Critical Access Hospitals. The General Surgeons can receive loan repayments for $75,000 for a minimum service obligation of thirty-six months with an opportunity of an extension for an additional twenty-four months at $40,000. The Critical Access Hospital is required to provide the 50% matching funds.

Other Restrictions

Licensed to practice in New Hampshire.

More Information

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/repayment.htm

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 3301