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CalHeatlhCares Physician Loan Repayment Program

CalHealthCares is now accepting applications for a new statewide loan repayment program, offering up to $220 million in tobacco tax revenues to pay off educational debt for physicians and dentists. Eligible physicians may apply for a loan repayment of up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation. All awardess are required to maintain a patient caseload of 30% or more Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

The 2018 California State Budget Act appropriates $220 million from Prop. 56 to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and Senate Bill 849 (Chapter 47, Statutes of 2018) established the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program (LRP). DHCS has contracted with Physicians for a Healthy California to administer the loan repayment program.

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