This bill seeks to make eye care more available by making optometrists eligible to join the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a government program that provides health care, both physical and mental, to individual in underserved communities, usually in inner-city or remote, rural areas. They offer student loan repayment programs to young doctors and health care professionals in order to encourage them to join.
Currently, health care professionals from a wide swath of fields can join—pediatricians, OB-GYNs, as well as people that work in mental health care. This bill would allow optometrists to join as well.