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August 7, 2020

CalMedForce Now Accepting Cycle 3 Applications

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is now accepting applications for the third cycle of the graduate medical education (GME) grant program, CalMedForce.

CalMedForce dedicates voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition 56 (2016) to train physicians and help California address its growing physician shortage, which is estimated to reach a 10.500-clinician shortfall by 2030 (California Future Health Workforce Commission).

The program will award approximately $38 million to primary care and emergency medicine residency programs in California, and hundreds of programs in hospitals, medical centers and community clinics have received almost $76 million so far.

All eligible residency programs are encouraged to apply, and priority will be given to programs in medically underserved areas and populations.

Applications are due by September 21, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (PST), and resources include:

Please share this information with interested parties, and email CalMedForce@phcdocs.org with “subscribe” in the subject line to be added to our distribution list.

Visit CalMedForce.org for more information, including fact sheets, infographics and awardee information from previous cycles.

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August 3, 2020

CalHealthCares Awards New Cohort of Physicians and Dentists to Expand Medi-Cal Access to Care

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).

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June 30, 2020

CalHealthCares State Funding Continues

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) are pleased to report that state funding for CalHealthCares will continue as originally planned. 

Due to Governor Gavin Newsom's and the state Legislature's commitment to quality health care for all Californians, the state’s 2020-21 budget continues the state-funded physician and dental loan repayment program.

PHC administers CalHealthCares on behalf of DHCS. The program provides loan repayments of educational debt for California physicians and dentists who provide care to Medi-Cal patients. CalHealthCares appreciates those who have voiced support for the continued effort to improve access to care for California's about 13 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Bookmark CalHealthCares.org for news and information on upcoming award cycles. Follow on social media at #CalHealthCares, DHCS (@DHCS_CA on Twitter and @DHCS.CA on Facebook) and @PHCdocs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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May 14, 2020

PHC Provides State Budget Update on CalHealthCares and CalMedForce

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom released his administration’s revised state budget proposal (the “May Revise”) for 2020-21, which is facing an approximate $54 billion deficit due to COVID-19. That figure is higher than the deficit during the Great Recession and nearly 37% of the state’s general fund.

The May Revise proposed approximately $269 million in cuts to CalHealthCares, which administers loan repayments on educational debt for California physicians and dentists who serve Medi-Cal patients. Medi-Cal serves over one-third of Californians and half of the state’s children, and the state is estimating a two million caseload increase in 2020 due to COVID-19. Over $340 million was appropriated as a one-time expenditure in 2019, and the remaining $67.1 million in 2019 awards would continue to be honored. However, should the legislature approve this proposal, CalHealthCares would be eliminated.

The budget proposal also included a $1.5 million increase to backfill and maintain CalMedForce, which administers annual grants to fund new residency positions at graduate medical education (GME) programs throughout California.

Both programs are publicly funded through voter-approved tobacco tax revenues (Proposition 56 in 2016) and administered by Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC).

The budget process includes legislative review so a final decision may not be available until the state budget is approved, on or around June 15, 2020.

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation,” said Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, PHC President and CEO. “And we urge the state legislature to reinstate CalHealthCares’ funding. Now more than ever, California needs a strong and diverse workforce to provide quality, timely and affordable health care, particularly to underserved and vulnerable populations. Our goal remains transparent and rapid communication with our applicants and awardees, and we will continue to provide updates once we have confirmed information.”

“We must remain hopeful,” said Alonzo-Diaz. “PHC’s partnership with the California Medical Association (CMA) is even more crucial in these uncertain times because they sponsored Proposition 56 and have committed to work with stakeholders to advocate in support of increased access to quality health care.”

(05/19/20 update) 

Impacted by the proposed budget cuts? The California Medical Association (CMA) and California Dental Association (CDA) sponsored Proposition 56 to ensure Medi-Cal patients receive quality and timely health care. CMA and CDA are asking physicians and dentists to help the legislature understand the need to protect access to care for Medi-Cal patients, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take action by visiting CMA's mobilize4change.org/yLxm8Ch or by texting CMA LRP to 52886. 

You can also make your voice heard on social media – please be sure to utilize #CalHealthCares and #CaBudget, as well as tag @PHCdocs, @GavinNewsom and your local state legislators.

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April 30, 2020

PHC Releases 2019 Annual Report

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) has a rich history that started in 1963 as a charitable arm of the California Medical Association, disbursing over $1 million in grants and loans to support future physicians.

Fast forward to today: PHC is proud to have grown into one of California’s leading advocates for improved community health. 2019 brought tremendous growth to our organization, allowing us to expand graduate medical education throughout the state and repay educational loans to physicians and dentists to increase access to care in underserved communities. 

“Access to universal health care is an empty promise if patients can’t access timely, affordable and quality care,” said Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, President and CEO of PHC. “To that end, PHC’s programs continue to grow and diversify the physician workforce, invest in the state’s underserved communities and improve California’s public health – all while addressing the social determinants of health. We look forward to our continued work and a productive 2020.”

Download PHC's 2019 Annual Report to learn more.

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January 13, 2020

2020 CalHealthCares loan repayment application cycle is now open

The 2020 application cycle for the CalHealthCares loan repayment program is now open. The program—which aims to increase access to care for California’s 13 million Medi-Cal patients—will award $340 million in loan repayments to encourage and incentivize physicians to provide care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has contracted with Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) to administer this program.

CalHealthCares has approximately $58.6 million for physicians in this application cycle. Physician awardees can receive loan repayments of up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation.

To answer any questions about the applications process, PHC is hosting several webinars that will provide an overview of the CalHealthCares requirements, deadlines and the application. Register for your choice of dates today.

Applications will be accepted from January 13 to February 7, 2020. Please visit CalHealthCares.org for more information.

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January 6, 2020

Webinar: 2020 CalHealthCares loan repayment program

The 2020 application cycle for the CalHealthCares loan repayment program opens next week. The program—which aims to increase access to care for California’s 13 million Medi-Cal patients—will award $340 million in loan repayments to encourage and incentivize physicians to provide care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has contracted with Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) to administer this program.

CalHealthCares has approximately $58.6 million for physicians in this application cycle. Physician awardees can receive loan repayments of up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation.

To answer any questions about the applications process, PHC is hosting several webinars that will provide an overview of the CalHealthCares requirements, deadlines and the application. Register for your choice of dates today.

Applications will be accepted from January 13 to February 7, 2020. Please visit CalHealthCares.org for more information.

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December 19, 2019

Join our mission

PHC looks forward to continuing to work with you – our partners – to advance diversity in the physician workforce, community health and health equity for a healthier California. Our 2020 priorities include:

  • Continuing to administer the $40 million CalMedForce GME program and the $340 million CalHealthCares loan repayment program
  • Publishing a report on diverse female physicians and their wellness based on data collected from four regional focus groups and 800+ survey responses
  • Continuing to convene diverse physicians at our annual NEPO summit
  • Publishing a report on physician shortages to further document the need to support physician workforce initiatives that increase access to care in underserved communities

And we can’t do it alone. PHC invites you to join our mission to improve the health of all Californians. Since 1963, we have improved community and individual health by providing a vital link between physicians and their communities.

To donate to PHC, please visit www.phcdocs.org/Support-PHC/Donate. Donations are tax-deductible and our Tax ID number is 94-6062822.

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December 19, 2019

Wildfires: Rebuilding communities

Thank you to our generous donors who supported the Paradise community after the 2018 wildfire. PHC distributed the funds to the Butte-Glenn Medical Society who in turn has been doing amazing work to rebuild the Paradise community. Donations were critical in helping us continue to develop and support the next generation of diverse physicians while helping to rebuild communities impacted by the wildfires.

Donations help address access to care issues throughout the community. Displaced patients are being connected to physicians through a new directory, online resources and telephone support number. Physicians are also being actively recruited and focus has been placed on developing residency networks to increase clinical rotations and incentivize physicians to stay and practice in the area. 

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December 19, 2019

NEPO: Enhancing community health and health equity

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) hosted another successful Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) summit on August 23-24, 2019. Keynote speakers included State Senator Richard Pan, M.D., and Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, M.D. We also heard from other noted speakers such as Dr. Deborah Deas, Dean of the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. Participants also discussed social determinants of health and issues impacting communities of color.

Next year’s NEPO summit is already lining up to be just as impactful! PHC will release the 2020 date and location in January, so stay tuned!

If you are interested in becoming a NEPO member or learning more, visit www.phcdocs.org/nepo or email NEPO@phcdocs.org to be added to our email list.

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