• HRSA Proposes New Rulemaking for Designation of Medically Underserved Areas
  • August 9, 2008 | Authors: Pierre Georges Bonnefil; Héctor A. Chichoni; Robert S. Groban; Jang Hyuk Im; William M. Poole
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  • On July 23, 2008, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that it would postpone issuance of a final rule regarding the designation of Medically Underserved Populations and Health Professional Shortage Areas. These designations are used by foreign medical graduates, among others, in securing waivers of the two-year J-1 foreign residence requirement that typically accompanies their participation in an American residency program.

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) first proposed the rule regarding these designations in February 2008. The comment period was extended on two occasions due to the unusual level of interest in the proposed regulation. On July 23, the HRSA announced that the number and complexity of the issues raised by the commentators would require a number of changes to the proposed rule. For this reason, the HRSA indicated that it would issue another notice of proposed rulemaking to reflect these changes rather than to proceed to a final rule.