38 U.S. Code § 7681 - Authority for program

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(a) In General.—
(1) As part of the Educational Assistance Program, the Secretary may carry out an education debt reduction program under this subchapter. The program shall be known as the Department of Veterans Affairs Education Debt Reduction Program (hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as the “Education Debt Reduction Program”).
(2) The purpose of the Education Debt Reduction Program is to assist in the recruitment and retention of qualified health care professionals for positions in the Veterans Health Administration for which recruitment or retention of an adequate supply of qualified personnel is difficult.
(b) Relationship to Educational Assistance Program.— Education debt reduction payments under the Education Debt Reduction Program may be in addition to other assistance available to individuals under the Educational Assistance Program.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 105–368, title VIII, § 803(a),Nov. 11, 1998, 112 Stat. 3357; amended Pub. L. 107–14, § 8(a)(16),June 5, 2001, 115 Stat. 35; Pub. L. 111–163, title III, § 301(a),May 5, 2010, 124 Stat. 1146.)
Amendments

2010—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 111–163inserted “and retention” after “assist in the recruitment”.
2001—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 107–14substituted “hereinafter” for “hereafter”.
Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers From Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Pub. L. 111–163, title VI, § 604,May 5, 2010, 124 Stat. 1174, provided that:
“(a) In General.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, use the authorities available in section 487E of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 288–5) for the repayment of the principal and interest of educational loans of appropriately qualified health professionals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to secure clinical research by such professionals for the Veterans Health Administration.
“(b) Limitations.—The exercise by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of the authorities referred to in subsection (a) shall be subject to the conditions and limitations specified in paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 487E(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 288–5 (a)(2) and (3)).
“(c) Funding.—Amounts for the repayment of principal and interest of educational loans under this section shall be derived from amounts available to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the Veterans Health Administration for Medical Services.”

 

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