Wyoming Statutes 9-2-118 and 9-2-119.
The Wyoming Healthcare Provider Loan Repayment Program
The intent of the program is to enhance the ability of medically underserved Wyoming communities to recruit and retain healthcare providers. Available program funds will be distributed beginning with the most critical need, taking into account the applicant pool. Funding will be allocated in a manner that will benefit the eligible providers and communities experiencing the most critical shortages. Reasonable costs include all educational loans from an established lending institution. Providers participating in the program are required to provide medical care for the period of the grant contract in underserved areas of the State of Wyoming and to accept patients participating in the Medicare, Medicaid and/or KidCare programs. Providers are required to participate in a full-time practice.
“Physician” means an individual who is licensed to practice in the State under Wyoming Statutes, Title 33, Chapter 26 of the Wyoming Medical Practice Act.
“Dentist” means an individual licensed under Wyoming Statutes, Title 33, Chapter 15, excluding Dental Hygienists.
“Allied Healthcare Provider” means an individual who is licensed or certified to practice in the state as defined under Wyoming Statutes, Title 33, Chapter 9 (Podiatrists), Chapter 10 (Chiropractors), Chapter 15 (Dental Hygienists), Chapter 21 (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants), Chapter 23 (Optometrists), Chapter 24 (Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians), Chapter 25 (Physical Therapists), Chapter 26, Article 5 (Physician Assistants), Chapter 27 (Psychologists), Chapter 33 (Speech Pathologists and Audiologists), Chapter 34 (Laboratory Directors), Chapter 36 (Emergency Medical Technicians), Chapter 37 (Radiologic Technologists), Chapter 38 (Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Chemical Dependency Specialists), Chapter 40 (Occupational Therapists), and Chapter 43 (Respiratory Care Practitioners).
Eligibility: To be eligible individuals must:
- Be within one year of licensure/graduation and must furnish transcripts and projected licensure/graduation date. Failure to graduate or to obtain a license will preclude selection for award in this program;
- Have a current and valid license or temporary license to practice such healthcare profession in Wyoming by the time of execution of contract;
- Submit an application on the official application form for participation in the Wyoming Healthcare Provider Loan Repayment Program;
- Be an American citizen or permanent resident;
- Agree to serve an equivalent of full-time for a minimum of three years at the site approved by the Wyoming Department of Health in exchange for financial assistance;
- Agree to enter into a contract agreement with the Wyoming Department of Health that binds him/her to the terms of the Wyoming Healthcare Provider Loan Repayment Program;
- Agree not to discriminate against any person on the basis of his/her ability to pay for services or because payment for the health services provided to the individual will be made under part A or B of Title XVIII of the Federal Social Security Act;
- Agree to enter into an agreement with the Wyoming Department of Health to provide services to Wyoming residents qualified under the Wyoming Medical Assistance and Services Act (Medicaid), and the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP/KidCare);
- Not have an education loan that is in default at the time of application for the loan repayment program;
- Agree to disclose other sources of education loan repayment, any other obligations to practice his/her profession at a specific location for a specified time frame, and any other existing loan repayment arrangements in his/her application for the loan repayment program; and
- Not already participate in another Loan Repayment Program such as National Health Service Corps, or other repayment programs that require practicing at a specific location for a specified time frame. Once the service commitment is completed, individuals may apply for this program;
- Agree, if in breach of the contract, to repay the total amount of the loan repayment award. If a physician or dentist, that may also include the 25% community match amount (match eliminated in 2008);
- Verify that all funds obtained from this program must be applied to the educational debt as documented and submitted with this application.
The legislation requires that the provider agree to certain conditions to participate in this loan repayment program. Failure to meet any one of these conditions eliminates an applicant from consideration for this program:
- The healthcare provider must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States;
- The healthcare providers must be able to be licensed or hold certification to provide healthcare services in Wyoming;
- The healthcare provider will practice in an underserved area in the State of Wyoming in his or her area of specialty or sub-specialty for the period of the contract (a minimum of three (3) years);
- The healthcare provider will provide medical care to Wyoming residents qualified under the Wyoming Medical Assistance and Services Act (Medicaid), the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP/Kid Care) or Part A or B of Title XVIII Social Security Act (Medicare) for the period of the contract;
- The healthcare provider will provide documentation to show that he or she has complied with the terms of the contract; and
- The formula for determining loan repayment awards will be reviewed annually by the State Loan Repayment Program Director in the Office of Rural Health.
Award payment conditions:
- Repayment shall be limited to bona fide loans taken by a healthcare provider for educational expenses incurred while pursuing an education at an institution that awards a degree that qualifies a healthcare provider to practice in his/her field: a commercial loan made by a bank, credit union, savings and loan association, insurance company, school, or credit institution; a government loan made by a federal, state, county, or city agency;
- The Wyoming Department of Heath will not disburse any funds until the recipient has performed at least 12 months of service at the approved site after the contract is signed by all parties;
- Participants will be required to submit appropriate documentation of service periodically as outlined by the Wyoming Department of Health;
- Participants violating the non-discrimination provisions outlined under Eligibility shall be declared in default;
- Participants shall agree to execute a release to allow the program access to loan records and to acquire information from lenders necessary to verify eligibility and to determine payments. Loans may not be renegotiated with lenders to accelerate repayment; and
|Agreements and Conditions
|You are required to answer yes to the following questions to be eligible for award.
|Practice at the location/community for the duration of the contract (minimum three years)?
||oYes o No
|Provide medical care for the duration of the contract to Wyoming residents qualified under the Wyoming Medical Assistance and Services Act (Medicaid), and the Child Health Insurance Program?
||oYes o No
|Accept assignment under provisions of both part A or B of Title XVIII of the Federal Social Security Act (Medicare)?
||o Yes o No
|Agree that all funds obtained from this program, including community matching funds, will be applied towards the educational debt as documented and submitted with this application?
||o Yes o No
|Submit documentation to determine the amount of the award to be made and establishing that you are in compliance with the terms of the contract?
||o Yes o No
|Comply with the contract terms as specified in the enacting legislation and applicable Wyoming Department of Health rules and regulations (copies of legislation, rules and regulations available by request from the Office of Rural Health)?
||o Yes o No
|Certify that none of your education loans are in default at the time of this application?
||o Yes o No