Senate Bill No. 31
(By Senators Stollings, Laird, Miller and Carmichael)
[Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the Committee on
Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §18C-3-1a, relating
to providing a loan forgiveness program for dentists and
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §18C-3-1a, to read as
ARTICLE 3. HEALTH PROFESSIONALS STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMS.
§18C-3-1a. Dentist or hygienist education loan program;
administration; eligibility and loan cancellation;
(a) For the purposes of this section, Vice Chancellor of Administration means the person employed pursuant to section two,
article four, chapter eighteen-b of this code.
(b) There is hereby created a Special Revolving Fund account
under the commission in the state treasury to be known as the
Dentist and Hygienist Education Student Loan Fund which shall be
used to carry out the purposes of this section. The fund consists
(1) Appropriations provided by the Legislature;
(2) Repayment of any loans made under this section;
(3) Amounts provided by Dentist, or Hygienist Associations,
hospitals or other medical provider organizations in this state, or
by political subdivisions of the state, under an agreement which
requires the recipient to practice his or her dentist or hygienist
profession in the political subdivision providing the funds, or
otherwise in this state, for a predetermined period of time and
that thirty percent of their practice be dedicated to persons who
receive services under the state Medicaid program set forth in
chapter nine of this code; and
(4) Other amounts available from external sources.
Balances remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year
do not expire or revert. All costs associated with administering
this section shall be paid from the Dentist and Hygienist Education
Student Loan Fund.
(c) The Vice Chancellor for Administration may utilize any
funds in the Health Education Student Loan Fund for the purposes of
the dentists or hygienist student loan program. The commission
shall determine and give priority for the loans to residents of
this state. An individual is eligible for loan consideration upon:
(1) Demonstrating financial need;
(2) Meeting established academic standards;
(3) Enrolling in or being accepted for enrollment in an
accredited institution of higher education in this state in a
program leading to the degree of dentist or hygienist;
(4) Continued education towards obtaining, but having not yet
received, one of the degrees provided in subdivision (3) of this
(5) An agreement to dedicate at least thirty percent of his or
her practice to persons receiving services under the state Medicaid
(6) A showing of no default on any previous student loan.
(d) At the end of each fiscal year, an individual who has
received a dentist or hygienist student loan and rendered services
as a dentist or hygienist in this state in a medically underserved
area or in a dental or hygienist specialty in which there is a
shortage of qualified dentists or dental hygienists as determined
by the Division of Health at the time the loan was granted, may submit to the commission a notarized, sworn statement of service on
a form provided for that purpose. Upon receipt of the statement
the commission shall cancel $5,000 of the outstanding loan or loans
for every full twelve consecutive calendar months of such service.
(e) No later than thirty days following the end of each fiscal
year, the Vice Chancellor for Administration shall prepare and
submit a report to the commission for inclusion in the statewide
report card required under section eight, article one-b, chapter
eighteen-b of this code to be submitted to the Legislative
Oversight Commission on Education Accountability established under
section eleven, article three-a of chapter twenty-nine-a of this
code. At a minimum, the report shall include the following
(1) The number of loans awarded in each specialty area;
(2) The total amount of loans awarded;
(3) The amount of unexpended moneys in the fund; and
(4) The rate of default during the previous fiscal year on the
repayment of loans granted pursuant to this section.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a loan
forgiveness program for dentists and hygienists similar to what
currently exists for medical doctors and osteopathic physicians.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.
This bill was recommended for passage during the 2012 Regular
Session of the Legislature by the Joint Committee on Health.