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S06257 Summary:

Add Art 10 1001, Pub Health L
Establishes a physician loan forgiveness program for geriatric medicine; provides for loan forgiveness awards of up to fifteen thousand dollars per year for up to five years.
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S06257 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                      May 11, 2017
        Introduced  by  Sen.  HANNON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Health
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in  relation  to  establishing  a
          physician loan forgiveness program for geriatric medicine
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new article 10
     2  to read as follows:
     3                                 ARTICLE 10
     4                         PHYSICIAN LOAN FORGIVENESS
     5                                   PROGRAM
     6  Section 1001. Physician loan forgiveness program for geriatric medicine.
     7    § 1001. Physician loan forgiveness program for geriatric medicine.  1.
     8  Physician loan forgiveness awards shall be issued annually to physicians
     9  who  agree to practice in the specialty of geriatric medicine as defined
    10  by the commissioner, in consultation with the director of the office for
    11  the aging.
    12    2. Such participating physicians shall  receive  an  educational  loan
    13  forgiveness award of up to fifteen thousand dollars per year for a maxi-
    14  mum  of  five  years.  The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regu-
    15  lations to administer such loan forgiveness program.
    16    3. The physician applicant must be a resident of the  state,  licensed
    17  to  practice  medicine, and certified in the practice of geriatric medi-
    18  cine or have a concentration in that specialty. The applicant must  have
    19  completed  a  professional residency program within the five years imme-
    20  diately preceding the period for which the first award would be granted,
    21  or be within two years of completion of an accredited residency  program
    22  in  geriatric  medicine.  The  applicant must agree to practice medicine
    23  within the state.
    24    4. The commissioner shall establish  criteria  for  the  selection  of
    25  participants  in the program. A priority shall be accorded to any appli-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  cant who is completing a year of the service requirement and  is  re-ap-
     2  plying  for  a  new award. The commissioner shall verify the physician's
     3  eligibility and the physician's total medical educational loan expenses.
     4    5. Within such time as the commissioner shall by regulation provide, a
     5  participating physician shall have agreed to practice geriatric medicine
     6  for  a period of twelve months for each annual payment to be received by
     7  the participant. In no case shall the total  service  required  be  less
     8  than two years nor be more than five years.
     9    6.  The commissioner shall develop and secure from each participant, a
    10  written agreement to:
    11    (a) practice geriatric medicine;
    12    (b) accept Medicare and Medicaid payments; and
    13    (c) provide at least thirty-five hours per week of direct patient care
    14  in the area being served.
    15    If a recipient fails to comply fully with such conditions, the commis-
    16  sioner shall be entitled to receive from such participant  reimbursement
    17  of  such  award  in  an amount to be determined by the commissioner. Any
    18  amount which the commissioner is entitled to recover under this subdivi-
    19  sion shall be paid within the five-year period  beginning  on  the  date
    20  that the participant failed to comply with the program criteria. Nothing
    21  in  a  written  agreement  under  this section shall affect the terms of
    22  employment of the individual who shall  negotiate,  separate  and  apart
    23  from  the  program, his or her salary and other forms of employment with
    24  an agency, practice, institution or program in which he or she shall  be
    25  employed.
    26    7.  Any obligation to comply with the provisions of this section shall
    27  be cancelled upon the death of the participant. The  commissioner  shall
    28  promulgate  regulations  to  provide for the waiver or suspension of any
    29  financial obligation which would involve extreme hardship.
    30    8. A participant of the program shall report annually to  the  depart-
    31  ment  on  forms prescribed by the commissioner, as to the performance of
    32  the required services, commencing with the calendar year  in  which  the
    33  participant  begins  to practice geriatric medicine and continuing until
    34  the recipient shall have completed, or it is determined that he  or  she
    35  shall  not be obligated to complete, the program. The commissioner shall
    36  have the discretion to waive the filing of a report, excuse a  delay  in
    37  filing or a failure to file a report for good cause shown.
    38    9.  Participation  in  the program shall not prevent participants from
    39  being eligible to apply for other programs or awards.
    40    10. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations  necessary
    41  to implement the provisions of this section.
    42    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    43  it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
    44  ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
    45  necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective  date  are
    46  authorized  and  directed  to  be  made  and completed on or before such
    47  effective date.
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