Prop. 56 dentists loan repayment program opens April 1, awards up to $300K

A new loan repayment program is available for dentists and physicians who provide direct patient care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Eligible dentists may apply through Physicians for a Healthy California to receive up to $300,000 to apply toward their student loans in exchange for a five-year service obligation as a Medi-Cal provider.

With the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program, all awardees are required to maintain a patient caseload of 30 percent or more Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Providers must have graduated from dental school or a dental residency program in the past five years and can be practicing in solo, group or clinic practices. There are no geographic limitations — providers may be located in any California county.

Additionally, eligible providers may be able to apply for a practice support grant of up to $300,000 in order to relocate to or start a new practice in some of California’s highest-need counties.

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26. Twenty awardees are expected to be selected no later than July 1.

The Department of Health Care Services has contracted with Physicians for a Healthy California to administer the CalHealthCares program. The program received a one-time allocation of $30 million in the 2018-19 California state budget signed in June 2018 by then-Gov. Jerry Brown. The program will award approximately 20 loan repayment or practice support awards each year for the next 5 years.

Apply for the program and find more information.

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