The Physician Education Loan Repayment Program (PELRP) provides loan repayment funds for up to $160,000 over a period of four years to qualifying physicians. Priority is given to primary care physicians who agree to practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for at least four years. Participating physicians must provide health care services to recipients enrolled in Medicaid and the Texas Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Also, up to ten physicians per year may qualify by serving patients in a Texas Juvenile Justice Department or Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.
State appropriations for the 2014-2015 budget period will allow the Coordinating Board to: (1) disburse all third and fourth-year awards for continuing participants in the program and (2) enroll new participants into the program for the first time since June of 2011.
Physicians whose first-time applications were received by August 31, 2013 have been contacted. Those who were accepted into the program on the basis of practice in HPSAs or secure correctional facilities will qualify for four years of loan repayment awards from FY2014 funds, as long as they continue to meet program requirements.
The next quarterly application deadline for new applicants wishing to qualify for FY2015 funds is November 30, 2013.
Physicians who were already participating in the program before June of 2013 will receive service verification forms approximately 30 days before the end of their current 12-month service periods.
For eligibility requirements, award amounts, and other information, go to the PELRP Fact Sheet. To download the fillable application form, go to PELRP Application for Enrollment. Applications from primary care physicians practicing in HPSAs and secure correctional facilities will be ranked according to the priorities established in the current administrative rule for application ranking criteria.
New Eligibility Path - Contingent on Availability of End-of-Year Funds
House Bill 2550, passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature, allows physicians who are not practicing in HPSAs or secure correctional facilities to qualify for participation in the PELRP, if during the applicable year, they have provided services to a designated minimum number of Medicaid or Texas Woman's Health Program enrollees.
Applications based on this provision will be considered during the quarter ending August 31, 2014, only if funds are available after financial commitments for the state fiscal year have been made to physicians practicing in HPSAs and secure correctional facilities. The following service levels are required for consideration of applications under the new provision:
# of Unduplicated Clients
Questions regarding the PELRP should be directed to the THECB by email or by calling 1-800-242-3062 (from outside the Austin area) or 512-427-6340 (Austin area).
For information on loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps, please visit: Texas Primary Care Office.