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State Loan Repayment Program

Paid StampThe 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.

NH Licensed Health Care Professionals Eligible for SLRP

Licensed health care professionals in the following fields are eligible to apply for loan repayment contracts under the SLRP:

MDs/DOs: Doctors of Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine
DDs: General Practice Dentists (DDS. or DMD)
NPs: Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners
NMs: Certified Nurse Midwives
PAs: Primary Care Physician Assistants
RDHs: Registered Clinical Dental Hygienists
HCPs: Health Service Psychologist (formerly Clinical or Counseling Psychologists (PhD or equivalent
LICSWs: Licensed Clinical Social Workers (MA or PhD)
PNSs: Psychiatric Nurse Specialists
LPCs: Licensed Professional Counselors (MA or PhD)
MHCs: Mental Health Counselors
MFTs: Marriage and Family Therapists (MA or PhD)

NEW for 2011 Program Year - General Surgeons who are employed full-time by Critical Access Hospitals

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.

New for Program Year 2011:

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.

Application Deadlines

State Fiscal Year: July 1st thru June 30th

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed quarterly.

Quarterly Application Deadlines: April 1, July 1, October 1, January 1

Once available funds are obligated, review of applications will be postponed until new funds are made available to the program. Submitted applications not able to be funded are kept only to June 30th of the current state fiscal year, at which time the provider must reapply in order to be considered for funding for the next fiscal year. Application forms are available online.

Awards will be made after federal and state funding has been secured, applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.

For more information please read the Guidelines for the State Loan Repayment Program Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

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