California Healthline mentioned L.A. Care's efforts to address the physician shortage in "Task Force Outlines Strategy To Address California's Shortfall Of Health Workers." The article focused on a recent report released by the California Future Health Workforce Commission, a coalition of health, labor and education leaders. The commission cited a dearth of health care workers in many regions of the state and recommended spending up to $3 billion over 10 years to address the shortfall.
L.A. Care's initiative, Elevating the Safety Net, represents a $31 million commitment to addressing the physician shortage, especially in the safety net, which is comprised of health care providers who offer access to care regardless of a patient's ability to pay.
In Los Angeles County, L.A. Care Health Plan is already working to expand the primary care workforce by offering full scholarships to certain medical school students and loan repayment for physicians recruited to practice in underserved areas.
Elevating the Safety Net is comprised of three grant programs: medical school scholarships; a program to help with physician salary subsidies, sign-on bonuses and/or relocation costs; and a program for medical school loan repayments. It is designed to relieve the financial burdens that often lead physicians away from practices and safety net facilities that treat many L.A. Care members.
Learn more about Elevating the Safety Net.
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L.A. Care Health Plan serves more than 2.2 million members in Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Covered™, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County's vulnerable and low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.