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Thursday, 07 April 2016 06:49

GRAY'S BILL TO ATTRACT DOCTORS TO CALIFORNIA ADVANCES WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT

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GRAY'S BILL TO ATTRACT DOCTORS TO CALIFORNIA ADVANCES WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT

(Sacramento) – Today, Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) announced the passage of his bill to attract and retain more doctors at health clinics that serve the most impoverished and disadvantaged populations in the state. The State Loan Repayment Program supplies one million dollars in federal funds to California every year to provide student loan repayments to physicians, dentists, and nurse practitioners who agree to practice in health professional shortage areas.

“The cumbersome application process and costs associated with this program have prevented those most in need from receiving aid,” said Gray. “As a result of these barriers, just one-third of the health centers in the state are able to participate. Because of bureaucratic red tape, two-thirds are ineligible for help regardless of merit.”

Gray introduced AB 2048 after learning about the difficulties faced by Livingston Community Health and other Central Valley Health Network members when their doctors applied to participate in the program. The Assembly Health Committee passed the bill unanimously with both Democrats and Republicans in support.

“California is facing the worst doctor shortage in our modern history, yet we have made the resources designed to address the problem impossible to access,” continued Gray. “This bill will help health clinics in the San Joaquin Valley recruit and retain doctors to meet the health needs of our communities.”

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