Legislation


AB 882 – California

Status: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2021
Link: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB882

Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program.
Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid program provisions.
Existing law, the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016, an initiative measure approved as Proposition 56 at the November 8, 2016, statewide general election, increases taxes imposed on distributors of cigarettes and tobacco products and requires all revenues to be deposited into the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 Fund, a continuously appropriated fund. Proposition 56 requires the Controller to transfer 82% of those revenues to the Healthcare Treatment Fund, to be used by the department to increase funding for the Medi-Cal program and other specified health care programs and services in a way that, among other things, ensures timely access, limits geographic shortages of services, and ensures quality care. The act authorizes the Legislature to amend the provision relating to the allocation of revenues in the Healthcare Treatment Fund to further the purposes of the act with a 2/3 vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature.
Existing law, until January 1, 2026, establishes the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program, which requires the department to develop and administer the program to provide loan assistance payments to qualifying, recent graduate physicians and dentists that serve beneficiaries of the Medi-Cal program and other specified health care programs using moneys from the Healthcare Treatment Fund. Existing law requires this program to be funded using moneys appropriated to the department for this purpose in the Budget Act of 2018, and requires the department to administer 2 separate payment pools for participating physicians and dentists, respectively, consistent with the allocations provided for in the Budget Act of 2018.
For purposes of that program, and by January 1, 2022, this bill would require the department to exclusively provide loan assistance payments to Medi-Cal physicians and dentists who practice in federally designated health professional shortage areas, and to annually verify that these providers continue to practice in those designated areas. The bill would delete the provision making this program inoperative on January 1, 2026, would delete the references to the Budget Act of 2018, and would instead refer to the annual Budget Act. By extending the operation of this program and the authority to allocate revenues in the fund for this authorized expenditure, the bill would amend Proposition 56.


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