185.021 Expanding J-1 Visa Waivers for Underserved Texas Communities

185.021

Expanding J-1 Visa Waivers for Underserved Texas Communities: The Texas Medical Association recognizes that a large number of small, isolated, rural communities continue to face serious challenges in recruiting and retaining sufficient numbers of physicians and that the lack of access to physician services has a detrimental impact on the health of Texans in these communities. TMA supports additional methods for helping underserved communities recruit physicians including the following improvements to the J-1 Visa Waiver program:

Advocacy for reauthorization of the Conrad 30 program and for an increase in the annual waiver cap for Texas.

Advocacy for expanding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' J-1 Visa Waiver program to allow physicians in private practice and other practice settings in Texas to be eligible for waivers.

Advocacy for funding the Southwest Border Commission and granting the status of "interested governmental agency" for the purposes of processing J-1 Visa Waivers for Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. TMA should reach out to these three states to work together in advocating for these changes (IMGS Rep. 1-A-16).

Last Updated On

March 23, 2017