(June 6) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill this morning by Rep. Joann Ginal that will help expand access to primary health care providers for Coloradans who live in rural and frontier areas of the state.
Frontier and rural areas are the most remote and sparsely populated places in Colorado, with residents often living far from healthcare services, schools, grocery stores and other necessities. These areas of the state are currently experiencing a shortage of primary health care providers and, as a result, these communities experience reduced access to health care services and poorer health outcomes.
A consistent problem is a lack of professional instruction, training, and supervision in rural and frontier areas that allow students studying primary care to practice in such areas after earning their professional degree.
This bill creates a tax credit to help encourage “preceptors” – teachers – to offer professional instruction, training, and supervision to students seeking careers as primary health care providers in rural and frontier areas of the state.
“Preceptors are key to expanding access to quality health care in Colorado,” said Rep. Ginal, D-Fort Collins. “By providing this tax credit, we are encouraging more medical students to work in rural and frontier areas and expanding access to quality care across the state.”
There are 300 doctors in Colorado that can qualify for this credit.