On July 22, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) officially announced that the clock for the retention payment program will begin on July 30 and run until Oct. 28.
As a reminder, the retention payment program is part of Gov. Newsom’s 2022 budget
,; however, many of the implementation details, including the time period for calculating which employees are full-time and which employees are part-time, were left up to DHCS.
The program will allocate nearly $1.1 billion in retention payments to part-time and full-time health care employees, as well as physicians Specifically, it will provide:
- Eligible full-time employees up to $1,000 as a base payment, and they may receive an additional $500 as a state match if the employer claims a qualifying matching retention payment (up to $1,500 from the state)
- Eligible part-time employees up to $750 as a base payment, and they may receive an additional $500 as a state match if the employer claims a qualifying matching retention payment (up to $1,250 from the state)
- Eligible physicians up to $1,000 in retention payments
No further guidance was provided. CHA News will continue to provide updates as additional guidance becomes available.