The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) has announced a new commitment to pay back student loans for physicians and dentists to expand health care access for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Awardee data and information will be released in a forthcoming press release once the awardees have been notified and confirmed. CalHealthCares creates economic incentives for physicians and dentists to provide care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries, which represent over one-third of Californians and half of the state’s children. Medi-Cal also pays for more than 50% of births in the state and 58% of patient days in long-term care facilities. Furthermore, the state is estimating a two million Medi-Cal caseload increase in 2020 due to COVID-19. The program pays up to $300,000 in debt relief in exchange for meeting certain criteria, such as maintaining a patient caseload of at least 30% Medi-Cal patients and being in good standing with state licensing boards. For more information, visit CalHealthCares.org (#CalHealthCares on social media).