LANSING—The state Senate unanimously approved measures Tuesday that would boost a statewide program that recruits medical providers to serve in underserved areas, said one of the bills’ co-sponsors, Sen. Goeff Hansen.
Hansen said Senate Bills 648 and 649 will improve access to health care in certain areas of the 34th Senate District.
“This is a tool to help employers recruit and retain primary medical, dental and mental health care providers by providing loan repayment to those entering into the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program service obligations,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “These bills serve a critical need.”
The Michigan State Loan Repayment Program service obligations require participants to provide full-time, primary health care services at an eligible nonprofit practice site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area for two years.