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Arizona J-1 Visa Waiver Program

Eligibility Requirements – Service Sites

A service site must:

  • Be located in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or federally designated Medically Underserved Area or Population (MUA/P)
  • Accept all patients regardless of their ability to pay
  • Accept State Medicaid (AHCCCS) and Medicare assignments
  • Charge patients at the usual and prevailing rates in the area
  • Provide services to those who have no health insurance coverage
  • Use a sliding fee schedule for all patients at the facility who are uninsured and at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. The sliding-fee schedule must be based on current Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Post a notice of discount in a clearly visible location such as a patient waiting room.
  • Have proof of unsuccessful recruitment efforts of a US citizen physician for at least six months prior to the J-1 application submission (recruitment dates must be documented)
  • Have been operational and providing care for at least six months as of the date of the request for an ADHS recommendation
  • Have the financial means to support the J-1 physician including salary, benefits, and malpractice insurance expenses, for a minimum of 3 years

If a service site does not meet all the requirements listed above, the site is not eligible, and the application will not be processed.

The Arizona J-1 Visa Waiver Program allows a J-1 physician to work at multiple service sites as long as those sites meet the service site eligibility requirements of the program.