May 03, 2012
09:52 AM EDT
- Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
- Follow the Q&A live through the @WHLive Twitter account
- If you miss the live session, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse
- Currently, 16,000 nurses work at community health centers providing primary and preventive care – including oral and behavioral health care – to about 20 million patients at more than 8,500 sites. Since the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand the health center program began in 2009, health centers have added about 3,000 nursing positions, including 800 in advanced practice.
- The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) places primary care providers in underserved urban and rural areas for at least two years in exchange for scholarships and for paying down their student loans. The health care law allocated $1.5 billion over five years to grow the NHSC. The number of nurse practitioners in the NHSC has more than doubled to 1,750, since 2009. New in 2012, the State Loan Repayment Program has expanded State-run programs to include registered nurses.
- Since 2009, the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program budget has more than doubled. Under this program, RNs and nurse practitioners who work for two years in a facility with a critical nursing shortage can get 60 percent of their school debt paid.
- Under the Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration, a new Affordable Care Act initiative, CMS will provide up to $200 million over four years to cover the costs of clinical training for advanced practice registered nurses to hospitals working with nursing schools.