The Assembly Business and Professions Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee hold joint sunset review oversight hearings to review the boards and bureaus under the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). The DCA boards and bureaus protect consumers and the public and regulate the professionals they license. The sunset review process provides an opportunity for the DCA, the Legislature, the boards, and interested parties and stakeholders to discuss the performance of the boards and make recommendations for improvements.
During the 2022 sunset review, recommendations were made to improve challenges with the postgraduate training license (PTL). SB 815 (Roth) was introduced this year, including provisions to address these challenges. CAFP initially took a TBD position on the bill to work closely with legislators and coalition partners to ensure provisions of the bill reflected concerns posed by CAFP members. CAFP secured provisions to make all PTLs issued after January 1, 2020, valid for 36 months, providing relief for international medical graduates( IMG) seeking to obtain PTLs and California residents who may need extra time to acquire their P&S license. However, despite the bill containing provisions to provide relief to PTL challenges, the bill does include a provision to increase both the initial license fee and the biennial renewal fee for a physician's and surgeon's certificate. The current fee is $863, but in 2024, the fee will increase to $1,151 and then to $1,255, effective January 1, 2027.
CAFP understands that members will have sentiments around the fee increase and values member feedback. Don't hesitate to contact Tiyesha Watts at email@example.com for any questions or concerns.