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Doctors And Dentists Welcome Pay Hike For Treating Low-Income Patients
California Healthline

For the second year in a row, California is boosting pay for doctors and dentists who treat the state’s poorest residents as part of a legislative deal designed to improve health care access for patients.

In the new state budget, which took effect Sunday, lawmakers allocated a little over $1 billion to pay higher rates to doctors and dentists who accept patients covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s version of the federal Medicaid program for low-income residents.

The funding includes $220 million to help newly graduated doctors and dentists pay off their student loans if they commit to practicing in underserved areas.

The state money will be matched by federal dollars, bringing the total increase to $2 billion.