Providing healthcare in rural and underserved areas is a constant challenge that only grew worse over the last two years, Vice President Kamala Harris said in remarks touting a $1.5 billion initiative designed to increase access to those communities.
The plan, announced Monday, will support more than 22,700 healthcare providers, including doctors, dentists, nurses, and behavioral health specialists. Notably, it will provide scholarships and loan repayments for students if they train and work in “hard-hit and high-risk” areas that often struggle to recruit doctors.
With medical school debt often exceeding $200,000, one of the goals is to help diversify the workforce through greater financial assistance.
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