House Judiciary Committee Approves Physicians for Underserved Areas Act


The House Judiciary Committee, on 9/27/06, amended and passed the
Physicians for Underserved Areas Act (H.R. 4997), legislation that
would reauthorize the J-1 visa waiver program for two years. The waiver
program permits foreign-born doctors to remain in the U.S. and receive
a waiver of the foreign country residence requirement if they spend
three years working in geographic areas where a shortage of doctors
exists. As introduced, the bill would have made the waiver program
permanent. However, prior to reporting out the measure, lawmakers
approved an amendment by Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN) that changed the
language making the program permanent to language reauthorizing the
program for two years only.

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