Nurses in California are receiving bonus checks. The one-time Healthcare Worker Retention Payment (HWRP) disbursements are a gesture from the state and Governor Newsom to thank them for their efforts during the pandemic.
The California Legislature approved these payments to support the retention of the state’s healthcare workers. Here’s a breakdown of who qualifies.
In reaction to the COVID-19 epidemic, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation last year to stabilize and promote healthcare worker retention. The solution included a $1.3 billion allocation for retention payments for clinical and non-clinical healthcare personnel.
The payments will be distributed by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) through the Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Worker Retention Payment Program (WRP).
The WRP payments will be made first to qualifying business entities, who will then pass the monies on to individual nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers. California organizations must have registered with the state and supplied specific information to DHCS last year in order to receive WRP money.
In addition to the WRP, qualified clinic employees may receive a payment under the Clinic Workforce Stabilization Retention Payments program.
Payments for both programs have already been disbursed and are expected to reach workers by June.
A statement by DHCS says that these payments are intended to help stabilize and retain the state’s healthcare workforce while continuing to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These payments are for health care workers who have been at the frontlines delivering care to the most acute patients during the COVID-19 pandemic,” DHCS Director Michelle Baass said in a press release. “We owe them a debt of gratitude for caring for the sickest and most vulnerable among us during the worst public health emergency of our lifetime.”
Under the Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Payments program, more than 832,000 individuals will receive payments. Among those who are eligible, include the following on-site workers:
Workers and physicians of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities will be eligible to receive a retention payment if they:
Under the Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Payments program, full-time employees will earn a $1,000 one-time incentive. Anyone who is either recognized as a full-time employee working onsite or who was paid for at least 400 in-person hours in a 91-day period between July 29 and October 28, 2022 is considered full-time.
Part-time employees will earn a $750 one-time incentive. Part-time is defined as someone who is not a full-time employee who was paid for 100 to 400 in-person hours between July 29, 2022 and October 28, 2022.
There is also the prospect of an additional $500 in incentive cash per worker if the state matches an employer-provided bonus. In other words, full-time employees may receive up to $1,500 and part-time employees may receive up to $1,250.
According to the DHCS press release, 3,629 hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and covered employers applied on behalf of 832,000 eligible workers.
DHCS published a list of entities and physicians who successfully registered for worker retention payments as of October 30, 2022. This list was last updated November 7, 2022. Businesses and facilities who registered include:
12072 TRASK, INC.
200 LIGHTHOUSE, LLC
2210 SANTA ANA OPCO, LLC
7400 24TH STREET, LLC
Alameda Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
Alexander Hoang MD Inc
Alhambra Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
ALMADEN OPERATING COMPANY LP
Amelia’s Medical Corporation
AMERICAN HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
ANAHEIM GLOBAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC.
Anaheim Point Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Andrew Fischer MD Prof Corp
ANTELOPE VALLEY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT
ARARAT HOME OF LOS ANGELES, INC.
ARCADIA CARE CENTER, LLC
AURORA CHARTER OAK – LOS ANGELES, LLC
AURORA LAS ENCINAS, LLC
BAKERSFIELD BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE HOSPITAL, LLC
Bakersfield Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LLC
BALDWIN GARDENS NURSING CENTER CORPORATION
BARLOW RESPIRATORY HOSPITAL
Bay Vista Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
BEVERLY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
BHC ALHAMBRA HOSPITAL, INC.
BHC FREMONT HOSPITAL, INC.
BH-SD OPCO LLC
BLUFF ENTERPRISES, INC.
Brookdale Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
B-San Diego, LLC
B-Spring Valley, LLC
CALIFORNIA CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL OF PASADENA, INC.
CAMBRIDGE SIERRA HOLDINGS, LLC
CANYON PROPERTIES III, LLC
CANYON RIDGE HOSPITAL, INC.
CASA COLOMA HOLDINGS, LLC
Centinela Assisted Living Management, LLC
CENTINELA GRAND, INC.
Centinela Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre East, LLC
Centinela Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre West, LLC
CENTURY VILLA, INC.
Chad M Bernhardt MD A Professional Corp
CHAPMAN GLOBAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC.
CHHP HOLDINGS II, LLC
Chico Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Chico Heights Rehabilitation & Wellness Centre, LP
Chico Terrace Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES
CHINESE HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
CLEAR VIEW SANITARIUM, INC.
Colleen Ann Johnson, MD, Inc
COLLEGE HOSPITAL INC.
Community Care Solutions, Inc dba Sunnyview Home
COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF THE MONTEREY PENINSULA
COMPREHENSIVE CARE OF OAKLAND, L.P.
CORONA HOSPITALIST MEDICAL GROUP INC
COSTA MESA HEALTHCARE, INC,
COUNTY OF CONTRA COSTA
COUNTY OF SAN MATEO
Cupertino Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
DANUBE RIVER HOLDINGS, LLC
DAVID KLEIS III, LLC
Delta Healthcare & Wellness Center LP
Driftwood Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
East Terrace Rehabilitation & Wellness Centre, LP
El Centro Regional Medical Center
EL MONTE CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL
Emerald Health Services, Inc.
Emergency Services Corporation Coronado
Emergency Services Medical Corporation
ENGLISH CHANNEL HOLDINGS, LLC
ENLOE MEDICAL CENTER
Eric A. Quimbo
Erik A Berg
Eureka Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, LP
Faculty Physicians and Surgeons of LLUSM
FLOWER VILLA, INC.
FOOTHILL NURSING COMPANY PARTNERSHIP
Fortuna Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, LP
Four Seasons Assisted Living Center, LLC
Four Seasons Healthcare & Wellness Center, LP
Fredeking FNP Nursing Inc
FRESNO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER
Fresno Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre, LLC
GARDEN CREST CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL, INC.
GARDEN GROVE CONVALESCENT, INC.
Gardenview Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Geoffrey M. Smith, M.D., Inc.
Geri Care, V LLC dba Wellsprings Post-Acute Center
GERI-CARE IV, LLC
GHC OF AUBURN, LLC
GHC OF CONTRA COSTA, LLC
GHC OF EL CAJON, LLC
GHC OF KEARNY MESA, LLC
GHC OF LAKESIDE, LLC
GHC OF LA MESA, LLC
GHC OF LOMPOC, LLC
GHC OF LOS GATOS, LLC
GHC OF MODESTO, LLC
GHC OF NATIONAL CITY I, LLC
GHC OF NATIONAL CITY II, LLC
GHC OF NEWPORT BEACH, LLC
GHC OF PLEASANTON, LLC
GHC OF SAC-SNF, LLC
GHC OF SAN FRAN 180, LLC
GHC OF SAN FRAN 68, LLC
GHC OF SAN JOSE, LLC
GHC OF SAN RAFAEL, LLC
GHC OF SANTEE, LLC
GHC OF SUNNYVALE, LLC
GHC OF TEM-SNF, LLC
GHC OF UPLAND, SNF, LLC
GHC OF WALNUT CREEK, LLC
GLENDORA GRAND, INC.
Global Care Solutions, Inc
Golden Gate Radiology
GOLETA VALLEY COTTAGE HOSPITAL
GOOD SAMARITAN HOSP, A CALIF LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Granada Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, LP
Grand Avenue Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Granite Hills Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LLC
HACIENDA CARE CENTER, INC.
HARVARD CREEK POST ACUTE, LLC
HAVEN POST ACUTE, LLC.
Hawthorne Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Hayward Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
Health Access For All Inc
HERITAGE CARE, LLC
Highland Park Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre, LLC
HOAG MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PRESBYTERIAN
Imperial Heights Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LLC
Indio Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
INTERCOMMUNITY CARE CENTERS, INC.
J&T CARE, LLC
JC CARE, INC.
jeffrey farrell wade md, a pc
Jeremy Estrada MD Incorporated
JESS RANCH HEALTHCARE, LLC
Kings Healthcare & Wellness Center LP
KPC Global Management, LLC
KPC GLOBAL MEDICAL CENTERS, INC.
KPC Healthcare, Inc.
KSM HEALTHCARE, INC.
Lags Recovery Centers, Inc
LA MIRADA HEALTHCARE, LLC
LANCASTER HOSPITAL CORPORATION
Lawndale Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LLC
LIFEHOUSE SAN DIEGO OPERATIONS, LLC
Loma Linda University Health Care
LONG BEACH CARE CENTER, INC.
Los Angeles Congregate Living Inc.
Los Feliz Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
MARLORA INVESTMENTS, LLC
MARNA HEALTH SERVICES, INC.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR HEALTHCARE CORPORATION
Mar Vista Country Villa Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
MARY HEALTH OF THE SICK CONVALESCENT & NURSING HOSPITAL INC
Maywood Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre, LLC
Mesa Verde Convalescent Hospital, Inc.
MIRAMONTE ENTERPRISES, LLC
Mission Viejo Emergency Medical Associates
Mission Viejo Emergency Medical Associates Inc
MoGo Urgent Care
Montclair Vida Health Clinic
Montecito Heights Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Monterey Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES HEALTHCARE DISTRICT
Mountain View Child Care, Inc.
MOUNT MEGIDDO, LLC
N2S Healthcare Staffing Solutions LLC
North County Neurology Associates
NORTH KERN SOUTH TULARE HOSPITAL DISTRICT
North Point Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Norwalk Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre, LLC
Novato Healthcare Center, LLC
Oakland Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
OCEAN PARK HEALTHCARE LLC
Ontario Grove Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
ORANGE COUNTY GLOBAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC.
Orange Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LLC
Overland Terrace Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Oxnard Manor, LP
Pacific Hospitalist Associates
PACIFIC PALMS HEALTHCARE, LLC
PACIFIC VILLA, INC.
PALO VERDE HEALTHCARE DISTRICT
Pavilion On Pico Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Pine Grove Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
PIONEERS MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE DISTRICT
Point Loma Rehabilitation Center, LLC
Pomona Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
Princeton Manor Healthcare Center , LLC
PRN CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL INC.
Ranvir Dhillon MD INC
RICHMOND POST ACUTE CARE, LLC
RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL
RIVER BEND HOLDINGS, LLC
Riverside Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LLC
Riverside Medical Clinic, Inc.
RIVERSIDE SNF, LLC
River Valley Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
RIVIERA NURSING & CONVALESCENT HOME, INC.
Roseville Point Health & Wellness Center, LLC
SAINT JOHN KRONSTADT HOME FOR AGED RUSSIAN-AMERICANS
San Gabriel Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
SAN GORGONIO MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE DISTRICT
San Jose Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
SAN MARCOS OPERATING COMPANY, LP
San Marino Gardens Wellness Center, LP
San Mateo Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
San Pablo Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
San Rafael Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Santa Ana Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
SANTA BARBARA COTTAGE HOSPITAL
SANTA YNEZ VALLEY COTTAGE HOSPITAL INC
Seaview Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, LP
Seneca Healthcare District
SIERRA VIEW HOMES, INC.
SIERRA VIEW LOCAL HEALTH CARE DISTRICT
Skyline Healthcare & Wellness Center, LLC
SO CAL POST ACUTE HOLDINGS, LLC
SONOMA VALLEY HEALTH CARE DISTRICT
SOUTH COAST GLOBAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC.
Southern California Emergency Medical Group
Southern California Neurology Medical Group INC
ST. JOHN’S VOLUNTEERS
St. Paul’s Health Care Center
SUNSET PARK HEALTHCARE, LLC
TAG-2 MEDICAL INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC
TARZANA TREATMENT CENTERS, INC.
TEMECULA VALLEY HOSPITAL INC.
Tender Care Community Clinic, Inc
THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA
The Healthcare Center of Downey, LLC
The Rehabilitation Center of Oakland, LLC
TORRANCE CARE CENTER WEST, INC.
TORRANCE POST ACUTE, LLC
TRI-CITY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
Tulare Healthcare & Wellness Center LP
United Health System, Inc.
VALLEY VILLAGE CARE CENTER, LLC
Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre, LLC
Vernon Healthcare Center, LLC
VICTOR VALLEY HOSPITAL ACQUISITION, INC
VIENNA CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL INC.
VILLA DEL RIO, INC.
VISTA PACIFICA ENTERPRISES, INC.
WASHINGTON ENTERPRISES III, LLC
WEST ANAHEIM EXTENDED CARE
WEST COAST HOSPITALS, INC.
WEST GARDENA CARE CENTER, LLC
west haven healthcare center
West Hollywood Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
West Pico Terrace Assisted Living Center, LP
West Pico Terrace Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
Westwood Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LP
WINDFLOWER HOLDINGS, LLC
WINDSOR ANAHEIM HEALTHCARE, LTD
York Healthcare & Wellness Center, LP
The HWRP is not to be regarded as “wages” according to Hospital Technical Letter No. 35. It is considered “other payroll-related benefits.” To address individual tax issues, the Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) suggests consulting with a tax specialist.
Yes, but the state requires employees to opt out prior to their employer applying. The application window closed in 2022. In the future, the state will issue instructions on how to repay the money.
It is up to the employer’s discretion how they will disburse payments. Some workers may receive their HWRP by direct deposit, others by check.
If an employee no longer works at the qualifying facility, will they still receive the HWRP?
DHCS mandated that employers “should make every attempt to distribute the retention payment to the worker within 60 days of receipt of funds.” If the employer is unable to, they are directed to return the funds to DHCS.
Where can I find out more about the California Healthcare Worker Retention Payments?
Nurses and other healthcare workers can visit the DHCS website or email DHCS at [email protected] for additional information about Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Worker Retention Payments.