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Michigan Governor Signs Bill to Add Dental Students to Loan Repayment Program and Minority Grant Program

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On June 11, Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) approved S.B. 649 and on June 17, he approved S.B. 648. S.B. 648 and S.B. 649 were tie-barred, meaning one bill cannot become law without the other bill successfully passing and becoming law. 

S.B. 648 expands the Michigan Essential Health Provider program to include loan repayment for dentists who chose to work in health resource shortage areas. The bill also would remove the four-year maximum on loan repayments and increase the annual maximum from $25,000 to $40,000. Additionally, the bill would establish a lifetime maximum of $200,000, payable over a period of four years or more. 

S.B. 649 expands a grant program for low-income minority students to include dental students. The bill also would require an assessment of the lifetime loan repayment maximum (established by S.B. 648) for those covered by the Michigan Essential Health Provider loan repayment program. The assessment would determine whether the cap was sufficient to facilitate the placement and retention of professionals in underserved areas and whether the maximum amount should be adjusted to reflect changes in tuition costs.