An Act To Sustain Maine's Primary Care Professional Workforce
Sec. 1. 36 MRSA §5219-LL, sub-§1, ¶A, as reallocated by RR 2013, c. 2, §46, is amended to read:
(1) First begins practicing Practices primary care medicine in the State by joining as part of an existing health care practice in an underserved area or establishing establishes a new health care practice or purchasing purchases an existing health care practice in an underserved area;
(2) Agrees to practice full time for at least 5 years following certification under subsection 3 in an underserved area;
(3) Is certified under subsection 3 to be eligible by the Department of Health and Human Services; and
(4) Has an unpaid student loan owed to an institution for course work directly related to that person's training in primary care medicine.
This bill expands eligibility for the income tax credit for eligible new primary care professionals to include persons already practicing in underserved areas and certified as eligible by the Department of Health and Human Services in order to facilitate retention as well as recruitment of eligible professionals.