L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, has announced the first round of Provider Recruitment Program grants as part of its Elevating the Safety Net initiative. The mission of the $31 million initiative is to recruit highly-qualified primary care physicians to the Los Angeles County safety net. The safety net is comprised of health care providers who offer access to care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, and whose patient population includes a substantial share of the Medicaid population and the uninsured.

Part of our mission at L.A. Care is to support the safety net, and with estimates that California will face a shortage of nearly 9,000 primary care physicians by 2030, we were compelled to act,” said John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO. “The Provider Recruitment Program is a vital step in protecting patient care now and in the future.”

The Provider Recruitment Program, one of three programs in the initiative, sent grant award letters to 29 clinics and practices. Each was approved for $125,000 to be used for salary subsidies, sign-on bonuses, and/or relocation costs for new primary care physicians recruited into the safety net.

The awardees must hire a physician new to the L.A. Care Medi-Cal network no later than June 30, 2019, to receive the award funds.

The awardees are:

All for Health, Health for All, Montrose

AltaMed Health Services Corp., South Gate

Angeles Community Health Center, Los Angeles

APLA Health, Long Beach/Los Angeles

Bartz-Altadonna Community Health Center, Lancaster

Center for Family Health and Education, Inc., Panorama City

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, El Monte

Comprehensive Community Health Centers, Sunland

Eisner Health, Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Family Care Specialists Medical Group, Inc, Los Angeles

Garfield Health Center, Monterey Park

Harbor Community Clinic, San Pedro

Kheir Center, Los Angeles

L.A. Christian Health Centers, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Community Clinic, Los Angeles

Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Santa Clarita

QueensCare Health Centers, Los Angeles

San Fernando Community Health Center, San Fernando/Mission Hills

South Bay Family Health Care, Gardena

South Central Family Health Center, Los Angeles

Southern California Medical Center, El Monte

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Los Angeles

The Achievable Foundation, Culver City

The Children’s Clinic, Long Beach

Uptimum Medical Group, Inglewood

Valley Community Healthcare, North Hollywood

Venice Family Clinic, Venice

Anthony Cardillo, MD, Sherman Oaks

Saman Ghalili, MD, Los Angeles


Once hired, those newly recruited physicians will be eligible for the Physician Loan Repayment Program, another part of Elevating the Safety Net. Under the program, loan repayments of up to $5,000 per month for up to 36 months will be provided to the new recruits, as long as they continue to work within the safety net.

The third part of the initiative is the Scholarship Program. L.A. Care awarded eight full medical school scholarships when the initiative launched last July. Eight more will be awarded later this year. Four of the scholarships are for students attending the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and four are for those attending the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

About L.A. Care Health Plan

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 and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers 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, visit lacare.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.