Washington—The future of the National Health Service Corps, an innovative experiment in the delivery of health care to areas in the United States inadequately provided with physicians and other health care professionals, is in the hands of Congress. Under the legislation that created the corps in 1970, Congress is required to reauthorize it every 10 years. This year marks the third 10-year deadline. Congress still has to act, and, in an election year, reauthorization by the end of this session is by no means certain.
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