Pediatric Subspecialty Workforce

Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment

Section 5203 of the Affordable Care Act establishes a pediatric subspecialty loan repayment program for qualifying individuals who agree to provide two years of pediatric medical subspecialty, pediatric surgical subspecialty, or child and adolescent mental and behavioral services in an area with a shortage of pediatric subspecialty services, a health professions shortage area, a medically underserved area, or an area serving medically underserved populations.

The loan amount is up to $35,000 a year for each year of agreed-upon service, not to extend beyond three years. The law authorizes $30 million for each of FYs 2010-2014 for pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists and $20 million for each of FYs 2010-2014 for qualified health professionals in child and adolescent mental and behavioral health. To date, funding for the program has not been appropriated.