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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 21STUDENT SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER JTHE PHYSICIAN EDUCATION LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM
RULE §21.256Eligibility

(a) To be eligible for the Board to reserve loan repayment funds, a physician must:

  (1) ensure that the Board or its designee has received the completed application by the established deadline, which will be posted on the program web page;

  (2) be a U.S. citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident and, at the time of application, hold a Full Physician License from the Texas Medical Board, with no restrictions;

  (3) not be currently fulfilling another obligation to provide medical services as part of a scholarship agreement, a student loan agreement, or another student loan repayment agreement;

  (4) during the first, second, and third service period, if the physician has not earned and maintained board certification, be eligible to take the exam for board certification from:

    (A) an American Specialty Board that is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists in a primary care specialty; or

    (B) an American Specialty Board that is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists in a specialty other than primary care if the DSHS determines there is a critical need for the applicant's specialty; and

  (5) in the case of physicians qualifying on the basis of practice in a HPSA, agree to provide four consecutive service periods in a HPSA.

(b) To be eligible to receive loan repayment assistance, a physician must:

  (1) have completed one, two, three, or four consecutive service periods in a:

    (A) HPSA;

    (B) secure correctional facility operated by or under contract with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or its successor or in a secure correctional facility operated by or under contract with any division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or its successor; or

    (C) location other than a HPSA, if during the service period the physician has provided health care services to a designated number of Medicaid or Texas Women's Health Program enrollees, established in the Board's Memorandum of Understanding with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and posted on the program web page;

  (2) during the service period, have provided direct patient care to:

    (A) Medicaid enrollees and CHIP enrollees, if the practice includes children;

    (B) persons committed to a secure correctional facility operated by or under contract with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or its successor or persons confined to a secure correctional facility operated by or under contract with any division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or its successor; or

    (C) a designated number of Medicaid or Texas Women's Health Program enrollees, established in the board's Memorandum of Understanding with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and posted on the program web page;

  (3) for loan repayment based on the fourth service period, have earned certification from an American Specialty Board that is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists in a primary care specialty, or in a specialty other than primary care if the DSHS has determined that there is a critical need for the applicant's specialty in the HPSA where the practice is located.


Source Note: The provisions of this §21.256 adopted to be effective November 30, 2009, 34 TexReg 8524; amended to be effective November 29, 2011, 36 TexReg 8022; amended to be effective November 20, 2013, 38 TexReg 8196

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