Wyoming Healthcare Professional Loan Repayment Program
2013 Application Period is now closed.
Notifications were mailed to all applicants the week of October 21, 2013. If you did not receive notification of non-award, and would like a copy of the notification letter, please contact the Office of Rural Health via the "Email Us" link to the right to request a copy.
Funding of $500,000 allowed for 10 awards to be issued this year, and 165 total applications were received between July 1 and September 30, 2013. Awards consisted of the following: 2 Primary Care Physicians in Sweetwater County; 1 Psychiatrist in Laramie County; 1 Pediatric Dentist in Laramie County; 4 Nurse Practitioners (2 in Sweetwater County, 1 in Uinta County, and 1 in Carbon County); 1 Physician Assistant in Natrona County; and 1 Masters Level Mental Health Counselor in Lincoln County.
The Office of Rural Health anticipates the next application round will be held between July 1 and September 30, 2014.
To be automatically notified of the application announcement and receive other Rural Health information, sign-up for the ORH list serve at https://lists.health.wyo.gov/wws/lists/wdh/orh.
Contact the Office of Rural Health if you have additional questions.
Other Resources: Click HERE to visit the Workforce Development Page for additional recruitment, loan repayment and scholarship resources.
NEW! Click here to view a map of past awards
Loan Repayment for licensed healthcare professionals practicing in underserved areas in Wyoming
The intent of the program is to enhance the ability of medically underserved Wyoming communities to recruit and retain healthcare professionals.
Benefits and Conditions
The program repays qualifying applicants for costs of eligible educational loans in return for a commitment to practice in an underserved area in Wyoming for a minimum of three years.
The current funding formula is:
- Physicians and Dentists - Up to $30,000 each year for three (3) years for a total up to $90,000.
- All other licensed healthcare professionals - Up to $10,000 each year for three (3) years for a total up to $30,000.
Award amounts can not exceed outstanding student loan debt.
Must work full-time in Wyoming; and
Treat Medicare, Medicaid and Kid Care eligible patients; and
Use 100% of the funds to repay student loans.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page and Eligibility page for more information.
The program is administered by the Office of Rural Health, Public Health Division, Wyoming Department of Health. It is authorized and funded by the State of Wyoming. Program requirements are established by W.S. 9-2-118 and 9-2-119 (See Statutes). The program Rules are promulgated through the Wyoming Department of Health (See Rules).
Are you Eligible to Apply?
See Provider Eligibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most common questions about the loan repayment program.
The following was received in ORH on April 1, 2010:
TAXABILITY OF STATE LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAMS
In the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), Section 10908 clears up the question of federal taxability of state loan repayment programs that are not part of the Federal SLRP program. Pre-reform, the tax laws were nebulous, leaving the decision about federal taxability up to the state program administrator. This section puts the state loan repayment programs on par with the federal/ state SLRP programs in terms of federal taxability. The text is as follows:
SEC. 10908. EXCLUSION FOR ASSISTANCE PROVIDED TO PARTICIPANTS IN STATE STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAMS FOR
CERTAIN HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Paragraph (4) of section 108(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended to read as follows:
‘‘(4) PAYMENTS UNDER NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM AND CERTAIN STATE LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAMS.—In the case of an individual, gross income shall not include any amount received under section 338B(g) of the Public Health Service Act, under a State program described in section 338I of such Act, or under any other State loan repayment or loan forgiveness program that is intended to provide for the increased availability of health care services in underserved or health professional shortage areas (as determined by such State).’’
(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to amounts received by an individual in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008.
Links to other programs
Taxpayer ID forms
Wolf 109(a) This is for those individuals notified they were accepted into the Program. Program awardees must complete and return the original to the Office of Rural Health to recieve payments.
Hints to completing the form: Typing the document reduces the risk of your information being mis-read. You cannot save what you type, so complete the form, print it out, sign it, and mail it to the Office of Rural Health address below. You were awarded as an individual, so you will need to check the Individual/Sole proprietor box. Use the address that is on the contract sent to you with your award notification letter. If your address has changed, use the new address. If you want your payments to be electronically made to your bank account, include a voided check with the form when you send it to the Office of Rural Health. If you have questions, contact one of the staff listed below.
Wolf 109(b) for changes to information (new bank, new mailing address, name change, etc).
Hints to completing the form: Typing the document reduces the risk of your information being mis-read. You cannot save what you type, so complete the form, print it out, sign it, and mail the completed, signed form to the Office of Rural Health address below. If you are changing your bank, or changing to electronic funds transfer, include a voided check. If you have questions, contact one of the staff listed below.
Program Contact Information
Wyoming Office of Rural Health
Health Readiness and Response Section, Public Health Division
6101 Yellowstone Rd., Ste. 420 Cheyenne, WY 82002
Office: (307) 777-6512 Fax: (307) 777-3623
Healthcare Workforce and Primary Care Office Manager
Manager, Office of Rural Health:
Sharla Allen, M.S.H.A.
Click here for a list of past awards.