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ADA and Friends of Indian Health Urge Congress to Pass Bill to make IHS Loan Repayment Awards Tax-Free

November 01, 2013 Twenty-six member organizations of the Friends of Indian Health, including the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, today asked all members of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 3391, the Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act. This bill, introduced by Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) would amend the tax code to provide health care professionals who receive student loan repayments from the Indian Health Service (IHS) the same tax free status enjoyed by those who receive National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayments. Under the IHS and NHSC programs, health care professionals provide needed care and services to underserved populations.