DHCS Begins Issuing $1 Billion in Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Worker Retention Payments
March 30, 2023
This week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) began issuing $1 billion in one-time worker retention payments to eligible workers who worked part- or full-time at qualifying hospitals and skilled nursing facilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency. As reported in a prior CSAC bulletin, these payments were authorized in a 2022 budget trailer bill to help stabilize and retain the state’s health care workforce while continuing to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
BACKGROUND: More than 832,000 individuals who worked at qualifying hospitals and skilled nursing facilities will receive a payment from DHCS:
- The $1 billion is being paid out to 3,424 hospitals and skilled nursing facilities that applied on behalf of 788,000 eligible workers, including independent physicians and physicians who are part of a physician group.
- In addition, 205 Covered Services Employers, who provide onsite services, such as clerical, dietary, environmental, laundry, security, engineering, facilities management, administrative, and billing, will receive a total of $46 million for disbursement to 44,000 eligible workers.
PAYMENT DETAILS: Eligible full-time, non-physician workers may receive up to a maximum state payment of $1,500, part-time non-physician workers may receive up to a maximum state payment of $1,250, and eligible physicians will receive $1,000.
For more information about Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Worker Retention Payments, including links to the list of payment issue dates and updated FAQs, visit the DHCS website or email DHCS at firstname.lastname@example.org.