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HELP Act Information and Resources

Rep. John Lewis introduced the HIV Epidemic Loan-Repayment Program (HELP) Act. The legislation helps address the urgent need to ensure a robust and well-qualified infectious diseases and HIV physician and clinical workforce that is even greater due to the pandemic. Initially introduced as H.R. 5806, the bill was re-introduced with a new bill number in the 116th Congress to include clinical pharmacists as eligible for the loan repayment program.

Please take two minutes to ask your House Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 7543, the HIV Epidemic Loan-Repayment Program (HELP) Act.

The HELP Act would establish a loan repayment program offering up to $250,000 over five years to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical pharmacists and dentists who provide HIV treatment in areas with Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) or at Ryan White-funded clinical sites.

  • To learn more about requirements, read the full bill text here
  • IDSA & HIVMA News Statement.
  • HELP Act Organizational Endorsement Letter
  • The Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists Endorsement letter.

With a new commitment to dramatically increase engagement and re-engagement of people with HIV in care through the federal EHE initiative, the HELP Act is urgently needed to ensure there are clinicians to care for an influx of patients entering HIV care.

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