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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 508. Regulations Governing the Virginia Physician Loan Repayment Program
5/21/2024

12VAC5-508-250. Deferment or waiver of service.

A. Participants have the obligation to complete full-time continuous service for the period of their commitment. Under unusual circumstances as described in subsection B of this section, a participant may request that the board agree to a deferment of the service obligation. This deferment, if granted, shall not relieve the participant of the responsibility to complete the remaining portion of the obligation. Such deferment shall not be permitted as a matter of course, but may be allowed in the most compelling cases.

B. Individual cases may be considered by the board for a variance of payment or service, pursuant to § 32.1-12 of the Code of Virginia, if it finds compliance with the applicable service requirements or default repayment would pose an undue hardship on the participant.

C. If the participant is in default due to death or disability so as not to be able to engage in medical practice in an HPSA, a VMUA, an approved geriatrics fellowship, or a state or local institution in the Commonwealth, the participant or his personal representative may be relieved of his obligation under the contract to engage in medical practice, upon repayment to the Commonwealth of the total amount of loan repayment received plus interest and penalty as stated in the contract. For participants completing part of the required service obligation prior to becoming permanently disabled or in the event of death, the total amount of loan repayment funds owed shall be reduced by the proportion of obligated years served. The obligation to make restitution may be waived by the board upon application of the participant or the participant's representative to the board.

D. All requests for deferments, waivers, or variances must be submitted in writing to the department for consideration and final disposition by the board.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-122.6:1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 11, eff. March 3, 2010; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 20, eff. July 15, 2016.

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