Code Section

Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC

DIVISION 9. PUBLIC SOCIAL SERVICES [10000 - 18999.82]

  ( Division 9 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )
  

PART 3. AID AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE [11000 - 15771]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1784. )
  

CHAPTER 7. Basic Health Care [14000 - 14199.67]

  ( Chapter 7 added by Stats. 1965, 2nd Ex. Sess., Ch. 4. )
  

ARTICLE 3. Administration [14100 - 14124.14]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1965, 2nd Ex. Sess., Ch. 4. )

  
14114.  

(a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, the department shall develop and administer the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program to provide loan assistance payments to qualifying, recent graduate physicians and dentists that serve beneficiaries of existing health care programs described in Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 14000) to Chapter 8.9 (commencing with Section 14700), inclusive. To implement this section, the department shall consult with other state entities, including the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and with affected stakeholders.

(c) The Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program shall be funded using moneys appropriated to the department for this purpose in the Budget Act of 2018 from the Healthcare Treatment Fund established pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 30130.55 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. The department shall administer two separate payment pools for participating physicians and dentists, respectively, consistent with the allocations provided for in the Budget Act of 2018. To the extent authorized by subdivision (f) of Section 30130.57 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, moneys appropriated to the department to implement this section shall be available to fund the administrative costs incurred by the department and any entity contracted with pursuant to subdivision (g).

(d) The department shall develop the eligibility criteria to be used to evaluate physician and dentist participation in the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program. In developing this criteria, the department shall prioritize ensuring timely access, limiting geographic shortages of services, and ensuring quality care in the Medi-Cal program. The department shall develop separate criteria for distribution of payments from the physician and dentist payment pools. At a minimum, the department shall establish the maximum number of years a physician or dentist may be in practice to qualify for payments pursuant to this section, and the minimum number of years a participating physician or dentist receiving payments pursuant to this section shall agree to participate as an enrolled provider in the Medi-Cal program.

(e) The selection of physicians and dentists for participation in the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Act Program and the amount of loan repayment assistance awarded to a participating physician or dentist shall be at the discretion of the department and any entity contracted with pursuant to subdivision (g), and shall be based on the criteria developed pursuant to subdivision (d). An exercise of discretion by the department and its contractors pursuant to this subdivision shall not be subject to judicial review, except that an applicant physician or dentist who is not selected for participation in the program may file for a writ of mandate pursuant to Section 1085 of the Code of Civil Procedure to rectify an abuse of discretion by the department and its contractors.

(f) Notwithstanding Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, the department may implement, interpret, or make specific this section, in whole or in part, by means of policy letters, provider bulletins, or other similar instructions, without taking regulatory action. The department shall consult with affected stakeholders before taking action pursuant to this subdivision.

(g) To implement this section, the department may enter into exclusive or nonexclusive contracts, or amend existing contracts, on a bid or negotiated basis. Contracts entered into or amended pursuant to this subdivision shall be exempt from Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 14825) of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, Part 2 (commencing with Section 10100) of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code, and the review or approval of a division of the Department of General Services.

(h) This section shall be implemented only to the extent that the department determines that federal financial participation under the Medi-Cal program is not jeopardized. If the department determines there is a reasonable likelihood that federal financial participation is available for expenditures pursuant to this section, it may seek the federal approvals necessary to obtain federal financial participation.

(i) The Legislature finds and declares that the expenditures authorized by this section are all of the following:

(1) Made in accordance with the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 (Article 2 (commencing with Section 30121) of Chapter 2 of Part 13 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code).

(2) Based on criteria developed and periodically updated as part of the annual budget process in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 30130.55 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

(3) Consistent with the purposes and conditions for expenditures described in subdivision (a) of Section 30130.55 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

(j) The Legislature finds and declares that this section is a state law within the meaning of Section 1621(d) of Title 8 of the United States Code.

(k) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2026, and as of that date is repealed.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 47, Sec. 1. (SB 849) Effective June 27, 2018. Conditionally inoperative as prescribed by Stats. 2018, Ch. 47, Sec. 4. Repealed as of January 1, 2026, by its own provisions.)