CA supports health workforce in new fiscal year budget

California Supports Health Workforce in New Fiscal Year Budget

$100 Million Workforce Funding Continues in 2018-2019: After the reinstatement of these funds in the FY 17-18 Budget, the enacted budget reaffirms the administration’s commitment to primary care workforce by moving forward with the 2nd of 3 installments to increase funding to the Song-Brown Program that invests in primary care residency in underserved communities.

1. Office of Statewide Health and Planning Department (OSHPD)/Song Brown: Secures next installment ($31.3 million) of three-year $100 million commitment to primary care residency, including dedicated support for Teaching Health Centers. As a reminder, $333,000 of these funds is distributed to the State Loan Repayment Program.

  • $18,667,000 to existing primary care residency programs,
  • $5,6667,000 to primary care residency slots for existing teaching health centers
  • $3,333,000 to new primary care residency slots at existing primary care residency programs
  • $3,333,000 to newly accredited primary care residency programs. As of June 30, 2021, unspent amounts may be redirected to fund new residency slots at existing programs if newly accredited primary care residency programs have not been established.
Additionally, $333,000 of these funds is made available to the State Loan Repayment Program.

2. OSHPD/Scholarship: One-time $1,000,000 is available to fund scholarships for primary care and emergency physicians receiving Primary Care Clinician Psychiatry Fellowships from either the University of California at Davis Medical School or the University of California at Irvine Medical School.

3. OSHPD/Workforce Education and Training: One-time $10,000,000 investment to continue Mental health Services Act (MHSA) to support prevention, early intervention and services in public mental health systems through the Workforce Education and Training (WET) programs.

4. Proposition 56: The legislature and administration reached an agreement on the FY 18-19 spending plan for the Proposition 56, California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 revenue, similar to 2017, over a billion dollars is projected to flow to Medi-Cal in 2018-19. Appropriate $1.0 billion in state Proposition 56 funds, and $1.25 billion in federal funds for supplemental payments ($786.6 million), rate increases ($34.6 million), and loan assistance for the provision of Medi-Cal services ($220 million).

5. Proposition 56/Residency: One-time $40 million investment in primary care and emergency medicine residency. These voter approved funds will now go to University of California and the fund’s selected third party administer (CMA Foundation). While an application will still need to be created, these funds are to be distributed to five specialties – emergency medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, ob/gyn, internal medicine.

This information is provided by the California Primary Care Association.

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