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  • The Affordable Care Act with create additional primary care residency slots for 500 new primary care physicians by 2015.
  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC) provides scholarships and loan repayment for physicians and other health professionals who provide primary care services in underserved areas. The ACA increases funding for NHSC by $1.5 billion over five years.
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are clinics that work in underserved areas or for underserved populations. The bill increases funding for FQHCs by $11 billion over the next five years.
  • The law establishes a new Workforce Advisory Committee – a multi-stakeholder committee to develop a national workforce strategy.

In March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became law after a year-long national debate. As physicians who are both stakeholders and community leaders in health care, a key step in making a difference is understanding what is in the new law and what it means for doctors and our patients.  

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