Covering Debt to Curb Addiction

AMID THE NATION'S opioid crisis, a federal program is offering to help pay back student loans for health care providers treating substance use disorders if they're willing to work in underserved, high-need areas.


In December, the National Health Service Corps – a program of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration – launched the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program. The initiative will repay up to $75,000 in qualifying student loans in exchange for three years of full-time work at an approved site, which can include outpat