Promoting Equitable Health Throughout Illinois
One thing that’s being done to address these shortages is to place health care professionals in these areas. In order to do this effectively, these areas are given the designation of “health professional shortage areas” (HPSAs) and “medically underserved areas” (MUAs), then, federally funded incentives are provided to attract health professionals to these areas.
The Designation process isn’t competitive. Any individual or organization can nominate an area, facility or population group for a shortage designation.
Federal Benefits Requiring Designation
|Shortage Destination Option||National Health Service Corps||Federally Qualified Health Center Program||CMS* Medicare Incentive Payment||CMS* Rural HealthClinic Program||J-1 Visa Program|
|Primary Care HPSA|
|Dental Care HPSA|
|Mental Health HPSA|
|State Governor’s Certified
Shortage Area HPSA