GAO Examines Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

Until last year, the federal program that repays education loans for nurses required that they work only at non-profit facilities.  The pandemic-related CARES Act eliminated that restriction in March 2020, allowing Nurse Corps members to serve at for-profit critical shortage facilities (CSFs).  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined the change and determined that it’s too early to tell its effects.  Officials at non-profit CSFs such as Critical Access Hospitals expressed concern that for-profit facilities can offer higher wages, resulting in fewer nurses willing to work at non-profit CSFs in rural and other underserved areas.

The report can be accessed here:  GAO Examines Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program.