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Sen. Begich Introduces Bill to Carry Out Pilot Program to Reduce Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrists Shortage

June 7, 2014

by GEMA VIANA Targeted News Service

WASHINGTON, June 7 -- Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has introduced legislation (S. 2425) to "require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to reduce the shortage of psychiatrists in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs by repaying loans for certain psychiatrists, to carry out a pilot program to provide housing allowances to health care providers of the Veterans Health Administration who accept assignment at rural and highly rural clinics."

The bill was introduced on June 4 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.

The legislation was referred to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

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