This bill would create incentives for dual licensed individuals to practice in community mental health or other underserved settings by expanding criteria in the current loan repayment program to include them.
To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 2143 without my signature.
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are already eligible for educational loan repayment grants under the state’s Advanced Healthcare Loan Repayment Program. Unfortunately, the loan repayment fund referenced in this bill lacks the necessary funding to pay for the hundreds of applications it currently receives. Adding more applicants as this bill requires just compounds the problem.
Edmund G. Brown Jr.