Oregon Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program

September 15, 2019by Riley Hendrickson0
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Through the Oregon Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program, qualified applicants who are working in underserved communities may qualify for student loan forgiveness. This program was designed to help support underserved communities in their recruitment and retention of high-quality providers who serve patients regardless of their source of coverage (Medicaid, Medicare, private, etc.) or ability to pay. In exchange for service at a qualifying practice site, participants receive funds to repay qualifying educational loan debt. Read on to see eligibility requirements, award amounts, and the application process for the Oregon Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program.

Eligibility?

Oregon Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program now accepts applications from unlicensed mental health providers who have completed a master’s level or higher degree program.  Unlicensed applicants must be registered with their respective professional board and working towards licensure at a qualifying practice site. Scroll down for a list of eligible unlicensed provider types. In order to be eligible for the Oregon Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program, you must meet the following criteria:

Eligible Provider Types (Licensed)

  • Dentists in general or pediatric practice;
  • Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists;
  • Pharmacists;
  • Physicians (MD, DO or ND) who practice in the specialties of family medicine or general practice, general internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology;
  • Nurse Practitioners who practice in the specialties of adult primary care, women’s health care, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatric mental health, family practice, or nurse-midwifery;
  • Physician Assistants who practice in the specialties of family medicine or general practice, general internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics or obstetrics, and gynecology;
  • General, child, and adolescent or geriatric Psychiatrists;
  • Clinical Psychologists;
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers;
  • Licensed Professional Counselors;
  • Licensed Marriage or Family Therapists

Providers must be providing primary care in an outpatient setting at a qualified Oregon practice site.

Eligible Provider Types (Unlicensed)

  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Counseling or Clinical Psychologists
  • Professional Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Counselors

Providers must be providing primary care in an outpatient setting at a qualified Oregon practice site.

Eligible Practice Sites (for Licensed and Unlicensed Provider Types)

To qualify a site must:

  • Be located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), or have a Facility HSPA; AND
  • Be serving Medicaid and Medicare patients in no less than the same proportion of such patients in the county; AND
  • Have a Site Application on file with the Oregon Office of Rural Health and have received confirmation of site qualification.

If a majority of providers at a site are not eligible for reimbursement from both Medicaid and Medicare the site may qualify if it is located in an HPSA and serves either Medicaid or Medicare patients in no less the same proportion of such patients in the county.

Site Applications are valid for one year.

Please note: There are separate application forms for licensed and unlicensed providers.

How much can I expect to be awarded? 

Through the Oregon Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program, applicants may be able to receive up to $35,000 per obligation year. In exchange for service at a qualified practice site, participants receive funds to repay qualifying graduate-level, (or for expanded practice dental hygienists, undergraduate-level) loan debt. Awards are calculated based on the balance owed on qualifying loans upon application to Health Care Provider Incentive Loan Repayment.

Full-time service providers must commit to a 3-year minimum service obligation in exchange for a tax-free award of 50% of their qualifying educational loan debt balance, up to $35,000 per obligation year.

Part-time service providers must commit to a 3-year minimum service obligation in exchange for a tax-free award of 25% of their qualifying educational loan debt balance, up to $25,000 per obligation year.

For a full breakdown of this programs offers, head over to their website.

How do I apply for this repayment program?

In order to apply for the Oregon Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program, you will need to complete their application packet. For more information regarding this, please read the below statement pulled from their website.

Unlicensed Providers

Click here for the Health Care Provider Incentive Loan Repayment provider application (unlicensed).

Completed Oregon Health Care Provider Loan Repayment applications, and all required attachments must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) on October 31, 2019. Applications received after 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) October 31, 2019, or applications that are deemed to be incomplete on that date, will be rolled over to the next review cycle.

Eligible providers are highly encouraged to apply as early in the cycle as possible to allow time for information requests from ORH. The next review cycle opens November 1, 2019, and closes at 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) on January 30, 2020.

Handwritten applications will not be reviewed. Applicants must use the fillable PDF or otherwise type out their application. Email ([email protected]) is the preferred method of submission to ensure applications retain legibility, however, providers may fax their completed application to 503-494-4798.

Providers may apply a total of 3 times to Oregon Health Care Provider Loan Repayment. If a provider applies to a cycle and is not chosen for an award they may request their application to be rolled over to the next review cycle. Providers wishing to roll over their application to the next review cycle are required to email r[email protected] with their request along with updated educational loan documentation dated within 30 days of the request.

For questions about this program, please use the contact information below:

Contact the Office of Rural Health at [email protected]

Phone: 503-494-4450 | toll-free: 866-674-4376

Please note: There are separate applications for licensed and unlicensed providers.

Questions?

If you still have questions or would like to know more information please reach out to us here or you can go back to the Student Loan Repayment Assistance Programs page.

 

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