Dr. Julie Phillips and Dr. Tina Tanner testified on Wednesday, December 4, in the Senate Appropriations Committee in support of bills to make improvements to the state loan repayment program for primary care providers who practice in medically underserved areas.
Both Dr. Phillips and Dr. Tanner were quoted in news coverage following the meeting - check it out!
On Wednesday, January 29, the Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee passed two bills – SB 648 and SB 649 – that would make important and necessary policy changes our state’s loan repayment program. The program, which grants forgiveness for primary care providers who agree to practice in medically underserved communities, is a vital tool for our state to recruit primary care physicians and other allied health professionals to go into these areas.
The bills, which passed unanimously and now await action on the Senate floor, represent a critical step forward for primary care and specifically Family Medicine; and will help raise awareness in the legislature around the important link between a robust primary care-based system and a healthy population.
Let’s keep the momentum going!
For more information on the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program, please visit our Advocacy Policy Issues section of the MAFP website.