The Maryland Dent Care Loan Assistance Repayment
Program (MDC-LARP) is the student loan repayment program for dentists.
Like similar physician repayment programs, MDC-LARP provides student
loan repayment assistance to dentists for treating Maryland's most
vulnerable populations. The purpose of MDC-LARP is to increase access to
oral health care services for Maryland Medical Assistance Program
(MMAP) recipients by increasing the number of dentists treating this
During the 2000 Maryland legislative session, House
Bill 543/Senate Bill 519, entitled the Maryland Dent-Care Loan
Assistance Repayment Program (MDC-LARP), was passed providing State
funding for a student loan repayment program for dentists. The purpose
of MDC-LARP is to increase access to oral health care services for
Maryland Medical Assistance Program (MMAP) recipients by increasing the
number of dentists treating this population. Through receipt of $23,740
per year in loan repayment assistance over a three-year period,
participating dentists agree to treat a minimum of 30% MMAP recipients
as a portion of their total patient population per year. For a
three-year commitment and dependant upon available funding, MDC-LARP may
provide loan repayments to five Maryland licensed dentists a year.
The Maryland Dent-Care Loan Assistance Program
(MDC-LARP) is a collaboration between two state agencies, the Maryland Department
of Health, Office of Oral Health (OOH) and the
Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), Office of Student Financial
Assistance. The Office of Student Financial Assistance distributes the
offer letters, distributes the loan repayment checks and addresses any
questions related to the loan repayment checks. The Office of Oral
Health promotes the program, collects program applications and
supporting documents, convenes a review panel, plans the new awardee
orientation, monitors awardee monthly obligation and gathers
programmatic feedback from awardees.
• Serves three years in a full-time eligible dental practice site (s).• Treats a minimum of 30% MMAP recipients as a portion of the total patient population.• Enrolled with MMAP’s Maryland Healthy Smiles program.• Keeps record of all patients treated (MMAP and non-MMAP) and provides monthly written reports to the Office of Oral Health.
The application period is now closed. The deadline for the application materials was July 28, 2017. The next application cycle will open in Mid-March.
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