Professional relief

. December 23, 2013.
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Michigan lawmakers are considering enhancing a student loan repayment program for doctors and dentists to keep more primary care providers in the state. Senate Bills 648 and 649 would give graduates of various dental and health care schools in Michigan more money to pay back their student loans if they agree to practice in the state's underserved areas. The bills’ supporters believe the program addresses both the shortage of health care professionals in Michigan as well as sky-rocketing student debt. This year alone, the state has increased the program's budget from $1 million to nearly $2.5 million.