​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Applications are LIVE! Successfully registered entities can now A​PPLY on behalf of eligible workers
​in order to participate in Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Worker Retention Payments​​

Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Worker Retention Payments

California is stabilizing and retaining the state's health care workforce - while continuing to manage the COVID-19 pandemic - through issuing worker retention payments. These payments are the result of legislation (see section 37)​ signed on June 30, 2022 by Governor Newsom. As a result, many workers and physicians in qualifying facilities will be eligible to receive a retention payment if they:

  • Were employed at least part-time during the qualifying work period of July 30, 2022 through October 28, 2022​.
  • Are independent physicians or physicians that are part of Physician Group Entities ​(PGEs​) who provided onsite services during the same qualifying work period of July 30, 2022 through October 28, 2022.
  • Are employed by Covered Entities (CEs) or Covered Services Employers (CSEs) or who is a physician who continues to provide onsite services as of the date of record, November 28, 2022.

**For information about the Clinic Workforce Stabilization Retention Payments, please visit the ​DHCS webpage​​.​


Registration and Application Process for CEs, CSE​s,​ PGEs, and Independent Physicians

  1. October 21, 2022 – December 21, 2022: CEs, CSEs, PGEs and Independent Physicians registration process
    Entities must first successfully register with DHCS to apply on behalf of eligible, direct employees. The registration deadline is December 21, 2022. Registration Guidance and more information about eligibility and the overall process can be found in the Program Information – Guidance section below.
  2. November 29, 2022 – December 30, 2022: CEs, CSEs, PGEs, and Independent Physicians application process
    Applications are LIVE! All registered CEs, CSEs, PGEs, and Independent Physicians will receive a link to the application to the email provided upon successful registration. All requests for payment must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. PST on December 30, 2022. DHCS encourages early submissions so all applications can be validated shortly after the application submission deadline.

    DHCS WRP application support Webinars
    Tuesday, December 6: 2 p.m. – 3p.m.
    Wednesday, December 14: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    Monday, December 19: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  3. January 2023: Payments sent to CEs, CSEs, PGEs, and Independent Physicians
    DHCS anticipates issuing payments to CEs, CSEs, PGEs, and Independent Physicians in January 2023.

DHCS will continue to provide updates on this webpage as well as through various other channels, including email, stakeholder updates, and social media.​

Contact Us

​​Email us at wrp@dhcs.ca.gov.

​​​​Sign up for WRP stakeholder announcements to stay informed of new developments. 

Program Information & Guidance​​

Last modified date: 12/2/2022 8:20 AM