Health care law to expand doctors’ service corps

BALTIMORE — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the health care reform law will expand opportunities for doctors to pay off their student loans while working in underserved communities.

Sebelius announced Monday in Baltimore that new applications are being accepted for the National Health Service Corps. The program offers doctors up to $60,000 to repay student loans in exchange for two years of service at clinics in needy areas.

The health care reform law is pouring $290 million into the program. It also gives doctors the option of working part-time to fulfill their service obligation.

National Health Service Corps Director Rebecca Spitzgo says the expansion means nearly 11,000 doctors will participate in the program, giving care to more than 11 million people. That’s triple the amount in 2008.

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