Sen. Klobuchar Introduces S. 616 – Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Act

Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN], along with Susan Collins [R-ME], Heidi Heitkamp, [D-ND], and Jerry Moran [R-KS] have introduced a bill entitled S. 616 – Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Act.  This bill is intended to improve and make permanent the Conrad State 30 program (also known as the J-1 Visa Waiver Program), a national initiative that permits states to recommend visa waivers for physicians recruited to care for patients in medically underserved communities.

The State 30 program has brought thousands of physicians to rural, inner city, and other medically underserved communities since it began in 1994.  Under the State 30 program, foreign-born, American-trained doctors agree to practice medicine in underserved communities for at least three years in exchange for the waiver of certain visa restrictions.  Since its inception, the State 30 program has been extended numerous times and brought doctors to rural and underserved communities in all 50 states.

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