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Governor signs VanderWall bill expanding Michigan Essential Health Provider Repayment Program to include mental health care training

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Curt VanderWall’s legislation to expand the Michigan Essential Health Provider Repayment Program was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Senate Bill 246, now Public Act 37 of 2022, expands the repayment program which reimburses student loans for graduates of professional health programs that sign a contract to work in areas with a health care shortage. The bill also increases the program’s maximum lifetime repayment cap from $200,000 over four years to $300,000 over 10 years.

“I’m excited about the great opportunities this legislation will offer, particularly for the mental health professionals who will now be eligible for this program,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington, who serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Policy and Human Services.

“This law will help to attract talent from our state and other states and pair them with communities of need in order to combat shortages of critical health care providers, including the growing needs in mental health care. I thank the governor for her support of this legislation and look forward to working with her more on these important issues.”