Maryland Dent-Care Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MDC-LARP) For Dentists
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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 population.
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 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 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.
• Enrolls 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.
MDC-LARP Application and Guidelines for Submission
The 2013 Application and Required Materials are available to download. This is a new application and a new application process. Please follow all of the directions CAREFULLY for each respective area. Only 2013 Applications and 2013 up-dated Required Materials will be accepted. All Lender Verification's and References must come directly from the source. These materials will not be accepted if sent by the applicant; THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. Sealed envelopes directly from the lender and dated faxes directly from the lender are acceptable. Transcripts in sealed envelopes with signatures or stamps across the back and letter's from the dean's office with a seal on the letter are acceptable PROOF OF GRADUATION.
Application and Support Materials
Guidelines for Submission