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Medical organization names Chisum Legislator of the Year

by Larry Lemmons
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - The Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) has named State Representative Warren Chisum of Pampa as Legislator of the Year.

During the 81st session of the Texas Legislature Chisum sherpherded the legislation that would create the enhanced physician loan repayment program.

The program will offer medical school graduates up to $160,000 in school loan repayments.  In return, the new doctors will work in underserved areas.  More than half the counties in the state need more primary care physicians.  Last year 26 counties had no primary care physicians at all.

In October program rules, forms and application processes will be finalized.  The first program application is expected to begin December 2009.

The program is expected to attract 225 physicians each year.

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