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NEBRASKA STATE-DESIGNATED SHORTAGE AREAS

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
May 6, 2019 – June 7, 2019

The Rural Health Advisory Commission is responsible for establishing guidelines and identifying shortage areas for purposes of the Nebraska Rural Health Systems and Professional Incentive Act.  Every 3 years a statewide review of all of the state-designated shortage areas is completed.  The data comes from UNMC’s Health Professions Tracking Service (HPTS) https://www.unmc.edu/publichealth/hpts/ . They send surveys to providers and clinics across Nebraska twice a year.

The commission has set a 30-day public comment period before these state-designated shortage areas go into effect in order to receive and review public input.

The attached maps identify the DRAFT 2019 state-designated shortage areas for medical specialties, mental health, oral health, and allied health (pharmacists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists).  These maps are scheduled to go into effect as of July 1, 2019.  Please note that this will not affect federal shortage area designation.  Additionally,  if you are currently practicing in a shortage area under a student loan forgiveness obligation or loan repayment contract, these changes will not affect you.

Current maps and guidelines can be found on our website - http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Rural-Health-Eligible-Disciplines-and-Shortage-Areas.aspx

If you have any comments on the attached DRAFT shortage area maps, please email Rachael.Wolfe@nebraska.gov or mail written comments to the Rural Health Advisory Commission:

                                                Rural Health Advisory Commission
                                                ATTN:  Rachael Wolfe
                                                P.O. Box 95026
                                                Lincoln, NE  68509-5026

Thank you for taking the time to review and comment on these shortage areas.