California to provide $10.5M to reimburse dentists' student loans

Dentists in California can apply to have their student loans reimbursed if they meet certain criteria, according to the California Dental Association.

The state has set aside $10.5 million to reimburse 40 dentists. Around 350 dentists have applied to the CalHealthCares program, which will give up to $300,000 in debt relief to dentists.

Eligible dentists must maintain a 30 percent or more Medi-Cal patient caseload.

Many of the grant winners are general dentists and nine are specialty dental providers. The dental professionals vary in practice setting, including community clinics, academic settings, group practices and private practices.

Dentists who have graduated from dental school in the past five years or are willing to relocate to an area of highest need can apply for the reimbursement.

In January 2020, the program will accept applications for its next round of grants.

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