$300K opportunity for dentists who relocate, commit to Medi-Cal

CalHealthCares will accept practice support grant applications in the new year

California dentists who are willing to relocate, expand or establish a new practice to an area of highest patient need and commit to serving Medi-Cal beneficiaries for at least 10 years can apply in January 2020 to receive up to $300,000 in grant funding through the state’s CalHealthCares program to support related costs.

Announced earlier this year, the Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Program, which is overseen by the Department of Health Care Services and administered through Physicians for a Healthy California, is funded through tobacco tax revenue and is designed to expand access to care for Medi-Cal patients. Awardees must agree to relocate, expand or establish a new practice to one of a few specific counties in California that have the highest need for dental practices that treat Medi-Cal dental patients. After practice relocation, awardees are required to maintain a minimum patient caseload of 30% or more Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

In 2019, the first year of the program, 17 counties were identified as highest need and eligible for relocation: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lassen, Mariposa, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Sierra, Trinity and Yuba. Other target counties may be announced for the 2020 application cycle.

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