To Provide Incentives to Physicians to Practice in Rural and Medically Underserved Communities and for Other Purposes

On April 25, 2017, Congressmen Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to help increase the number of doctors available to work in underserved and rural areas, with improvements.   The House version of the bill is entitled: ”To provide incentives to physicians to practice in rural and medically underserved communities and for … [Read more...]

Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) have introduced the bipartisan Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act.  The legislation has been endorsed by major health organizations.    The State 30 waiver program is a nation-wide physician workforce development program that empowers state departments of public health to place U.S. trained physicians in … [Read more...]

Conrad State 30 J-1 Program Extension

The U.S. Congress passed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” on December 15, 2015, which among the provisions included a temporary extension of the Conrad State Waiver program. The Conrad Waiver program provides an option for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to waive the two-year home residence requirement for clinical services for three years in a designated Health Professional … [Read more...]

H. R. 3370 Conrad State 30 Program Permanent Reauthorization

The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a bill to reauthorize the Conrad 30 Program. The Conrad 30 provision found in H.R. 3370 seeks to permanently reauthorize the Conrad State 30 Program, which is set to sunset on September 30, 2015. If the Conrad State 30 Program is not reauthorized by September 30, 2015 and does sunset, it does not mean that the Conrad State 30 Program will … [Read more...]

S.1189 Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Act

The Conrad State 30 Program, which permits States to support up to 30 J-1 physicians for a waiver of the two-year home residence requirement, has placed thousands of J-1 physicians to medically underserved areas in the United States. The Conrad 30 Program has been in existence since 1994 and has been reauthorized by Congress several times. The current reauthorization expires September 30, … [Read more...]