The Department of Health and Human ServicesÂ will provide more than $240 million in funds for theÂ National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps scholarship and loan repayment programs in efforts to expand primary healthcare coverage.
HHS said WednesdayÂ $176.4 million will go to NHSC, $62.8 million will go to NURSE Corps, $1.1 million will go to theÂ Faculty Loan Repayment Program and $799,000 will go to theÂ Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.
“These awards provide financial support directly to health professionals, including physicians, registered nurses and physician assistants, to help individuals…Â find the primary care services they need,” said HHS SecretaryÂ Sylvia Burwell.
“These awards not only strengthen our primary healthcare workforce but [also] increase access to primary care in urban, rural and frontier locations nationwide,” addedÂ Jim Macrae, acting administrator of theÂ Health Resources and Services Administration.
According to HHS, the programs work to lift financial barriers among health professionals, faculty and students to practice primary care and provide health services to underserved communities.