McKnight’s had a great article on Senator Kohl’s new bill, "Retooling the Health Care Workforce for an Aging America Act of 2008."   The bill has garnered strong praise from the nation’s top nursing home advocates.

"The ability to recruit, retain and support high quality talent is essential for providing high-quality care and services," said Larry Minnix, president and CEO of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, in a statement. This act will offer more opportunity to invest in the long-term care workforce and effectively meet the needs of an aging society, he added.

The nursing home industry claims that 110,000 full-time healthcare positions in the country are vacant.

Alan Rosenbloom, president of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, added.

"We are pleased Senator Kohl has introduced this sweeping piece of legislation which deals directly with the fact that demand for long-term care workers far outstrips the available supply of the key workers our profession requires to sustain the provision of quality care today and the years ahead," he said in an announcement.

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