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    Increasing access to providers in underserved areas: The Affordable Care Act builds on the important work of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to address the nation’s workforce demands. The NHSC repays educational loans and provides scholarships to primary care health care providers who practice in areas of the country that have too few health care professionals to serve people who live there. Eligible providers include primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. The Affordable Care Act provides $1.5 billion over five years to expand the National Health Service Corps. This builds on a $300 million investment in the NHSC in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The combined nearly $2 billion investment is expected to result in an increase of more than 12,000 additional primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants by 2016.

    Why is it that a 3% tax increase for the wealthy is considered "socialism" and an 8% wage cut for the middle class is "doing your part"? MartyM

    by delphine on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 07:40:10 AM PDT

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