Senators Push Bill to Address Physician Shortage in Rural Areas

From RevCycleIntelligence:

Three senators recently introduced a rural healthcare bill that would extend the Conrad State 30 Program until 2021 to help alleviate the physician shortage in designated Health Professions Shortage Areas or Medically Underserved Areas.

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) proposed the Conrad State 30 Program and Physician Access Act of 2017 to allow the rural healthcare initiative to continue after its scheduled end on April 28.

Since 1994, state health departments can request J-1 visa waivers for up to 30 foreign physicians per year to fill physician shortages in rural and underserved areas under the Conrad State 30 Program.

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