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Obama Jobs Plan to target health care workforce development and deployment

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
November 14, 2011

From The Washington Post, November 13, 2011

By Sarah Kliff

The Obama administration will announce Monday as much as $1 billion in funding to hire, train and deploy health-care workers, part of the White House’s broader “We Can’t Wait” agenda to bolster the economy after President Obama’s jobs bill stalled in Congress.

Grants can go to doctors, community groups, local government and other organizations that work with patients in federal health-care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The funds are for experimenting with different ways to expand the health-care workforce while reducing the cost of delivering care.

There will be an emphasis on speed, with new programs expected to be running within six months of funding. “This will open the inbox for many innovators and organizations that have an idea to bring to the table,” Don Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said in an interview. “We’re seeking innovators, organizations and leaders that have an idea to bring into further testing.” Read more