Wyoming Healthcare Professional Loan Repayment Program
The 2015 application period is now closed. Award notifications will be sent via e-mail by 10/30/2015. Those selected will also receive notification via regular mail.
NOTICE REGARDING PROGRAM CHANGES. House Bill 88/House Enrolled Act 60 was passed during the 2015 General Session of the Wyoming Legislature and increases the maximum award to allied healthcare professionals under W.S. 9-2-119 from $10,000 per year ($30,000 for the 3 year service obligation) to $20,000 per year ($60,000 for the 3 year service obligation). Amended Program Rules and Regulations are currently being promulgated and Emergency Rules and Regulations will be adopted to implement legislative and other minor programmatic changes prior to award determinations in Fall 2015. Those applicants selected for an award will be given the opportunity to review the new Program requirements prior to accepting an award. To receive notifications during the Rules promulgation process, please click on the "E-Mail Us" link above and request to be added to the Rules e-mail list.
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.
Past Awards (2006-2012): Please click on a county for more information
Total Awards: 258 Physician: 75 Dentist: 18 Allied (Other): 165
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
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.