Sanders announces health funding for Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced $250,000 in federal funds to help health professionals repay student loans when they go to work for the state's federally qualified health centers or rural health clinics.

Sanders said the grant, which will be matched by state funds, will help ensure needed health services are delivered in underserved parts of the state.

Eligible recipients will include doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants and dentists.

Sanders wrote a provision in the Affordable Care Act authorized $1.5 billion for the National Health Service Corps, which provides scholarships and loan repayment for health care providers to work in underserved communities.

Sanders says nine of Vermont's 14 counties have an inadequate or severely inadequate supply of physicians.

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