Urgent: Advocate for Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program

By ASPHO posted 04-15-2013 09:30


ASPHO Members:

We need your help today to encourage the House of Representatives to fund the Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program. This program was created in 2010 but has yet to be funded by Congress.


Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) is asking other members of the House to sign his letter to Congressional appropriators urging them to provide funding for this program. The letter requests an initial investment of $5 million to start the program.


You can help by urging your own member of House of Representatives to sign Rep. McDermott's letter. Your representative needs to sign on by Tuesday, April 16.


Call your U.S. representative as soon as possible and tell them to:


"Support funding for the Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment Program by signing on to Rep. McDermott's letter requesting $5 million in funding."


Talking points:

  •  I am a pediatric subspecialist from your district and I see first-hand how shortages of subspecialty providers impact children. 
  • There are serious shortages of pediatric subspecialists and child mental health care providers across the country.
  • These shortages result in children with serious medical conditions needing to wait unacceptably long for appointments, having to travel great distances to find a provider, or simply going without the care they need.
  • The Pediatric Subspecialty Loan Repayment program will help improve the access of children to needed subspecialists.
  • This program would provide up to $35,000 per year in loan repayment for pediatric subspecialists who work in underserved areas.

Click here  to find the phone number for your representative.    


If you have any questions, please contact James Baumberger.



This advocacy work will be funded substantially by increasing membership among pediatric hematologists/oncologists in the AAP. We count on you to help us advance this important work. Join AAP or renew by calling 800.433.9016 ext. 5897 with code N-ASPHO to take advantage of a special offer. Thank you.