In eastern Kentucky, one insurance company is working to ensure rural hospitals have enough staff at their facilities. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has created the Anthem Rural Medicine Scholarship program, designed to fund the education of rural health care workers years into the future.

From the story by Leon Lamoreaux, president of Anthem Kentucky Medicaid: “The scholarships at Hazard Community and Technical College and Eastern Kentucky University are drawn from new Anthem-funded endowments, which means the funds for supporting new health-care students will last for years, not just for the next few semesters.

Scholarship recipients are required to practice in a federally recognized shortage area for a minimum of three years post-graduation, creating primary care access to at least 7,500 rural Kentuckians each year.”

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*Kentucky Health News is an independent news service of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky, with support from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.