Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03101741 (posted Oct. 17, 2003)"
Mike Berry, HHS administrator handling the HHS J-1 shortage-area waiver
program, has informed AILA that HHS has suspended the program temporarily
pending conclusion of a policy review. The HHS stopped taking applications
effective October 1, 2003. Mr. Berry expects review to be complete soon, but was
unable to provide an approximate date for the program to reopen. Under review
are policies regarding state health department and federal Interested Government
Agency coordination, and the continued placement of physicians based upon
Medically Underserved Area/Medically Underserved Population designations.