CMA is sponsoring bipartisan legislation HR 1133 - the “Stopping Doctor Shortages Act.” It provides a clarification to allow California and Texas physicians to participate in the federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness program and we need your help!
HR 1133 provides a technical fix to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Congress enacted the PSLF program several years ago, which provides student loan forgiveness to physicians who “work in” a non-profit hospital or clinic for ten years. However, when the Department of Education wrote the implementing regulations, they narrowed the regulations to require physicians to be directly employed. They did not realize that physicians in California and Texas are mostly prohibited from direct employment due to our state corporate practice laws and therefore, most California and Texas physicians cannot participate in the PSLF program. This fix will allow California and Texas physicians to fully participate in PSLF Program.
Legislation is necessary because Department of Education regulators under both the Obama and Trump Administrations have not been willing to reopen the regulations related to the PSLF program.
CMA is asking all physicians to contact their Members of Congress to urge them to cosponsor HR 1133, as we need to enlist every California Representative as a cosponsor to show Congressional leadership the urgent need to sustain a physician workforce and protect patient access to care in California. The bill provides parity for California and Texas physicians.
Please urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor HR 1133, the “Stopping Doctors Shortages Act.”