California lawmakers this past session passed a series of bills to solve the state's shortage of primary care physicians, but Carmela Castellano-Garcia of the California Primary Care Association said more significant efforts still are needed to "make a dent in the workforce crisis." So far, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills to provide faster licensure for physicians to practice in underserved areas and to have the University of California at Riverside help medical students apply to programs that encourage them to serve there.

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