Legislative Changes to Nursing Student Loan Program Authorized Under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Public Law (Pub. L.) 111-148. Section 5202 of the ACA changes the Nursing Student Loan (NSL) program by: (1) Increasing the limits of loan funds to students; (2) revising the date of enrollment to be considered eligible to receive NSL funds; and (3) revising the date of loans eligible for partial loan cancellation.
Recruitment of Sites for Assignment of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Personnel Obligated Under the NHSC Scholarship Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces that the listing of entities, and their Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores, that will receive priority for the assignment of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship recipients (NHSC Personnel, NHSC members) during the period July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, is posted on the NHSC Web site at http://nhscjobs.hrsa.gov/. This list specifies which entities are eligible to receive assignment of NHSC members who are participating in the NHSC Scholarship Program. Please note that not all vacancies associated with sites on the list described below will be for NHSC members, but could be for NHSC Scholarship Program participants serving their obligation through the Private Practice Option.
Legislative Changes to Primary Care Loan Program Authorized Under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Public Law 111-148. Section 5201 of the ACA changes the Primary Care Loan (PCL) program by: (1) Reducing the number of years for the primary health care service requirement; (2) lowering the interest rate for service default; and (3) eliminating the HHS requirement that parental financial information be submitted for independent students.
Health Center Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be transferring Health Center Program (section 330 of the Public Health Service Act) Community Health Center (CHC), Increased Demand for Services (IDS), and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funds originally awarded to Unadilla Health Care Center, Inc., to Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc., to ensure the provision of critical primary health care services to underserved populations in Dooly County, Georgia.
Discretionary Grant Program
HRSA will be issuing non-competitive supplemental funding under the Maternal Child and Health Bureau's Family to Family Health Information Centers Program. This will provide feasible time for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to align fiscal resources and programmatic goals as outlined in changes that emerged as a result of enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148) with the least disruption to the States, communities, and constituencies that currently receive assistance and services from these grantees.
Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines; Request for Nominations for Voting Members
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting nominations to fill three vacancies on the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV). The ACCV was established by Title XXI of the Public Health Service Act (the Act), as enacted by Public Law (Pub. L.) 99-660 and as subsequently amended, advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) on issues related to implementation of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).