Choose one of sections below, from the Physician Assistant Public Health Initiatives Act of 2015 (HR 3943
) and the Physician Assistant Higher Education Modernization Act of 2015, (HR 3944
), and reflect on the implication and effect the provision could have on PA education.
Consider what this legislation passing would mean for PA students, faculty, and/or programs. Again, we encourage creativity and welcome short video clips and other innovative uses of technology. If creating a video or a technology platform for both the personal statement and response to the legislation, please make a clear distinction between the two parts.
Choose from the following sections:
- HR 3943, Section 2: Sec. 749D. Physician Assistant Primary Care Provider Loan Repayment
. Promotes primary care in health professional shortage areas, medically underserved areas, and at community health centers through the establishment of a loan repayment and scholarship program in exchange for service by physician assistants in those areas.
- HR 3944, Section 2: Increasing Loan Limits for Physician Assistants Under the Federal Direct Loan Program
. Amends section 455 of the Higher Education Act by permitting physician assistant students enrolled in a physician assistant education program to borrow up to $40,000 in Unsubsidized Stafford Loans in the first and second academic years of enrollment in a physician assistant education program, and up to $15,000 in Unsubsidized Stafford Loans in the third academic year of enrollment in a physician assistant education program. The Act creates parity for aggregate loan limits between PAs and other health professional students.
- HR 3944, Section 6: Grants to Rural Serving Institutions of Higher Education for Physician Assistant Education Programs
. Amends Part Q of the Higher Education Act to add a new grant program that would provide funding to create and expand physician assistant education programs at rural serving institutions of higher education to help improve access to care and provide economic stimulus to rural communities. This section would require a partnership between these institutions and either a nonprofit organization with demonstrated expertise in PA education at the post-baccalaureate level or an organization with expertise in delivering distance education at the post- baccalaureate level. Grants are made on a competitive basis, shall not exceed three years, and must be used for the establishment or expansion of rural physician assistant education programs.