The Obama administration announced $1 billion in funding to hire, train and deploy health-care workers, part of the White House’s broader “We Cant Wait agenda. Grants go to 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.
Health-care employment is growing steadily, with more than 300,000 jobs added in the past year,
according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau projects total employment in health
care to grow by 3.2 million jobs by 2018, more than in any other sector.
The need for a larger health-care workforce will become acute in 2014, when health insurance expands coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. By 2019, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects, 32 million more Americans will have gained health insurance coverage.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, created as part of the Affordable Care Act, will administer and oversee the program, called the Health Care Innovation Challenge.