Loan Repayment Program

Physician with a childThe Budget Act of 2018 appropriates a specified portion of the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act (Proposition 56) revenue to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) for use as the nonfederal share of health care expenditures per the annual state budget process for state fiscal year 2018-19.

Senate Bill 849 (Chapter 47, Statutes of 2018) established the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program (LRP) and appropriates $220 million for a loan assistance program for recently graduated physicians ($190 million) and dentists ($30 million). DHCS has contracted with Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) to administer the LRP.

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