Governor to seek money to recruit medical workers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez plans to ask the Legislature for $1.5 million next year to expand programs that can help bring nurses, dentists and other medical providers to rural areas of New Mexico.

The governor said Tuesday that part of the proposed money would go for a program offering loans to nursing students who agree to practice in medically underserved areas and a program that repays student loans of other health care professionals who make similar commitments to work in medically needy parts of New Mexico.

Martinez also wants to expand a program for New Mexicans to attend out-of-state dental programs in exchange for returning to practice in New Mexico.

The governor’s office said the proposed financing would cover about 72 additional medical professionals annually. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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