Bill Would Expand Medical School Scholarship Program
When the Legislature reconvenes in January, Assembly member Henry Perea (D-Fresno) says he wants to reintroduce a bill (AB 589) to expand a medical school scholarship program to encourage physicians to work in underserved areas. Experts predict that demand for primary health care services will increase as the population ages and more provisions of the federal health reform law take effect. Initially, Perea hopes the bill would raise $1 million from public and private sources, including the state lottery, to help pay for scholarships for 10 new physicians.
- "Bill Would Incentivize Doctors To 'Serve the Underserved'" (Bartolone, Capitol Public Radio, 11/29).