The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Board--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating
(2) CHIP--The Children's Health Insurance Program,
authorized by the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 62.
(3) Commissioner--The commissioner of higher education,
the chief executive officer of the Board.
(4) Federally Qualified Health Center--Any entity in
Texas defined under 42 USC §1396d(l)(2)(B).
(5) DSHS--The Texas Department of State Health Services.
(6) Full-time Service--An average of at least 32.5
hours of direct patient care per week during the service period at
the HPSA practice site.
(7) HPSAs--Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
are designated by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) as having shortages of primary medical care, dental or mental
health providers and may be geographic (a county or service area),
demographic (low income population) or institutional (comprehensive
health center, federally qualified health center or other public facility).
Designations meet the requirements of Sec. 332 of the Public Health
Service Act, 90 Stat. 2270-2272 (42 U.S.C. 254e). Texas HPSAs are
recommended for designation by HHS based on analysis of data by DSHS.
(8) Medicaid--The medical assistance program authorized
by Chapter 32, Texas Human Resources Code.
(9) Primary Care Specialty--Family medicine, family
practice, general practice, obstetrics/gynecology, general internal
medicine, general pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, psychiatry, or
(10) Rural HPSA--A HPSA-designated whole county whose
population is less than 50,000 or a HPSA-designated facility or population
group located in a county whose population is less than 50,000.
(11) Service Period--A period of 12 consecutive months
qualifying a physician for loan repayment.
(12) Texas Women's Health Program--The program authorized
by Health and Safety Code, §31.002(a)(4)(C) and (H), §31.003,
and §31.004, which provides primary health care services, including
family planning services and health screenings, at no cost to eligible
low-income women; administered by the Texas Health and Human Services