On July 27-28, the AUA met with staff in the offices of Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to discuss co-sponsorship of the Specialty Physicians Advancing Rural Care (SPARC) Act (S. 4330). During the meeting, Sen. Boozman’s staff acknowledged that the SPARC Act is within the jurisdiction of other issues the senator supported and the legislation would increase access to care and support the physician workforce.
Additionally, Sen. Manchin’s staff was empathetic about the need for a program that helps alleviate specialty physicians' student loan debt and decisions about where they will practice. The senator’s staff also understood that such a program would help increase access to care in rural areas throughout the country, especially in West Virginia.
As a reminder, S, 4330 would establish a loan forgiveness program designed for specialty physicians who practice in a rural area for six years. You can help advocate for the SPARC Act by contacting your U.S. Senators to ask them to cosponsor this legislation. Take Action Now!