Bill Text: NY S05662 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Increases the maximum amount of individual awards for the physician loan repayment program and physician practice support program to encourage physicians to practice in underserved areas.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-10 - REFERRED TO HEALTH [S05662 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S05662-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          5662

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                      May 10, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the maximum amount
          of individual awards for the  physician  loan  repayment  program  and
          physician practice support program

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 10 of section  2807-m  of  the
     2  public  health  law, as amended by section 13 of part B of chapter 58 of
     3  the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows:
     4    (a) Beginning January first, two thousand eight, the  commissioner  is
     5  authorized,  within  amounts available pursuant to subdivision five-a of
     6  this section, to make loan repayment awards to primary  care  physicians
     7  or  other  physician specialties determined by the commissioner to be in
     8  short supply, licensed to practice medicine in New York state, who agree
     9  to practice for at least five years in an underserved  area,  as  deter-
    10  mined  by  the commissioner. Such physician shall be eligible for a loan
    11  repayment award of up to [one] two hundred fifty thousand dollars over a
    12  five year period distributed as follows: fifteen percent of  total  loan
    13  debt  not  to exceed twenty thousand dollars for the first year; fifteen
    14  percent of total loan debt not to exceed  twenty-five  thousand  dollars
    15  for  the  second  year;  twenty percent of total loan debt not to exceed
    16  thirty-five thousand dollars for the third year; and twenty-five percent
    17  of total loan debt not to exceed thirty-five thousand dollars  per  year
    18  for  the  fourth year; and any unpaid balance of the total loan debt not
    19  to exceed the maximum award amount for the fifth  year  of  practice  in
    20  such area.
    21    §  2.  Subdivision  12  of section 2807-m of the public health law, as
    22  added by section 3 of part R of chapter 59  of  the  laws  of  2016,  is
    23  amended to read as follows:

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD11590-01-9

        S. 5662                             2

     1    12. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, applications
     2  submitted  on or after April first, two thousand sixteen, for the physi-
     3  cian loan repayment program pursuant to  paragraph  (d)  of  subdivision
     4  five-a of this section and subdivision ten of this section or the physi-
     5  cian  practice  support program pursuant to paragraph (e) of subdivision
     6  five-a of this section, shall be subject to the following changes:
     7    (a) Awards shall be made from the  total  funding  available  for  new
     8  awards  under  the  physician  loan  repayment program and the physician
     9  practice support program, with neither program  limited  to  a  specific
    10  funding amount within such total funding available;
    11    (b)  An  applicant  may  apply  for an award for either physician loan
    12  repayment or physician practice support, but not both;
    13    (c) An applicant shall agree to practice for three years in an  under-
    14  served area and each award shall provide up to [forty thousand]:
    15    (i)  eighty-three thousand three hundred thirty-three dollars for each
    16  of the three years for a physician loan repayment award;
    17    (ii) sixty-six thousand six hundred sixty-six dollars for each of  the
    18  three years for a physician practice support award; and
    19    (d)  To the extent practicable, awards shall be timed to be of use for
    20  job offers made to applicants.
    21    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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