8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends provisions relating to the Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ defines terms;
15 ▸ permits the department to provide education loan repayment assistance to geriatric
16 or health care professionals under certain circumstances; and
17 ▸ makes technical changes.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 26-46-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 97
25 26-46-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 97
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 26-46-101 is amended to read:
29 26-46-101. Definitions.
30 (1) "Eligible professional" means a geriatric professional or a health care professional
31 who is eligible to participate in the program.
33 (a) is a licensed:
34 (i) health care professional;
35 (ii) social worker;
36 (iii) occupational therapist;
37 (iv) pharmacist;
38 (v) physical therapist; or
39 (vi) psychologist; and
40 (b) is determined by the department to have adequate advanced training in geriatrics to
41 prepare the person to provide specialized geriatric care within the scope of the person's
44 (a) a licensed:
45 (i) physician;
46 (ii) physician assistant;
47 (iii) nurse;
48 (iv) dentist; or
49 (v) mental health therapist; or
50 (b) another licensed health care professional designated by the department by rule.
51 (4) "Program" means the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program
52 created in Section 26-46-102.
54 underserved by health care professionals, based upon the results of a needs assessment
55 developed by the department in consultation with the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial
56 Assistance Program Advisory Committee created under Section 26-46-103.
57 Section 2. Section 26-46-102 is amended to read:
58 26-46-102. Creation of program -- Duties of department.
59 (1) There is created within the department the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial
60 Assistance Program to provide, within funding appropriated by the Legislature for [
62 (a) professional education scholarships and loan repayment assistance to health care
63 professionals who locate or continue to practice in underserved areas; and
64 (b) loan repayment assistance to geriatric professionals who locate or continue to
65 practice in underserved areas.
66 (2) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
67 department shall make rules governing the administration of the program, including rules that
69 (a) application procedures;
70 (b) eligibility criteria;
71 (c) selection criteria;
72 (d) service conditions, which at a minimum shall include professional service in an
73 underserved area for a minimum period of time by any person receiving a scholarship or loan
74 repayment assistance;
75 (e) penalties for failure to comply with service conditions or other terms of a
76 scholarship or loan repayment contract;
77 (f) criteria for modifying or waiving service conditions or penalties in case of extreme
78 hardship or other good cause; and
79 (g) administration of contracts entered into before the effective date of this act,
80 between the department and scholarship or loan repayment recipients, as authorized by law.
81 (3) The department may provide education loan repayment assistance to an eligible
82 professional if the eligible professional:
83 (a) agrees to practice in an underserved area for the duration of the eligible
84 professional's participation in the program; and
85 (b) submits a written commitment from the health care facility employing the eligible
86 professional that the health care facility will provide education loan repayment assistance to the
87 eligible professional in an amount equal to 20% of the total award amount provided to the
88 eligible professional.
90 Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program Advisory Committee created under
91 Section 26-46-103 as it develops and modifies rules to administer the program.
93 (a) shall be a line item within the appropriations act;
94 (b) shall be nonlapsing unless designated otherwise by the Legislature; and
95 (c) may be used to cover administrative costs of the program, including reimbursement
96 expenses of the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program Advisory
97 Committee created under Section 26-46-103.
99 (6) Refunds for loan repayment assistance, penalties for breach of contract, and other
100 payments to the program are dedicated credits to the program.
102 and outcomes of the program.