UPH Government & External Affairs

Rural Workforce Bill Introduced

by | Mar 25, 2021

Yesterday, Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL.) and David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) introduced the bipartisan Rural America Health Corps Act to improve rural health care. Sponsors for the companion legislation in the Senate include Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL.).

The Rural America Health Corps Act:

  • Creates a new loan repayment program titled “NHSC Rural Provider Loan Repayment Program.”
  • Includes a range of providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
  • Ensures practitioners would be eligible for loan repayment on a sliding scale, based on the severity of the shortage in that area.
  • Waives any associated income tax liability for the loan repayment program.
  • Other than these provisions, the program would follow the same rules as the current NHSC program.


Click here for the one pager.