DHCS | CalHealthCares

CalHealthCares administers loan repayment on educational debt for California physicians and dentists who provide care to Medi-Cal patients, which represent one-third of Californians and half of the state’s children. Eligible physicians can apply for up to $300,000 in loan repayment in exchange for a five-year service obligation. Eligible dentists can apply for a loan repayment up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation or a Practice Support Grant up to $300,000 in exchange for a ten-year service obligation.

CalHealthCares commits voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition 56 (2016) to support and incentivize physicians and dentists to increase participation in the Medi-Cal program. In April 2019, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) launched CalHealthCares, and DHCS has contracted with PHC to administer the statewide program.

Program Status

  • CLOSED. The next award cycle will be announced soon!


FY 2019-20 Cohort 2: We are currently sending and receiving all Awardee Agreements and will have more information coming soon!

FY 2018-19 Cohort 1: Physician awardees are currently serving Medi-Cal patients in 38 counties across 40 specialty areas of medicine, and dental awardees are serving in 19 counties across general and pediatric dentistry. 


  • Maintain a patient caseload comprised of a minimum of 30 percent Medi-Cal beneficiaries and within 10 percent of the Medi-Cal patient caseload proposed in their application
  • Have graduated within the last five years (January 1, 2016) or will be graduating and moving towards employment no later than June 30, 2020. For dentist applying to the Practice Support Grant must have graduated from dental school or residency program within the last fifteen years (January 1, 2006)
  • Not participating in another disqualifying loan repayment program or practice support grant as of June 30, 2021
  • Have an unrestricted license and be in good standing with their licensing board
  • Be an active enrolled Medi-Cal provider without existing suspensions, disbarments or revocations or have submitted their application to DHCS to become a Medi-Cal provider
  • Have existing educational loan debt incurred while pursuing a medical or dental degree, or have an existing dental practice and willing to relocate, expand or establish a new practice to a target county
  • Practice in California


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