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CHA Urges Dept. of Education to Allow California and Texas Physicians to Receive Loan Forgiveness

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CHA — along with the California Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and Texas Hospital Association — has submitted a letter to Secretary Miguel Cardona urging the U.S. Department of Education to open a negotiated rulemaking process for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The purpose of the rulemaking process would be to correct the implementing regulation that inadvertently denies PSLF benefits to California and Texas physicians because of the respective state laws that prohibit facility employment of physicians.

The letter urges the department to correct the regulation, consistent with Congressional intent, to ensure patient access to care and to maintain a physician workforce that is adequate to meet current and future health care challenges.