Workforce and Access

Implementation Briefs

Update: Reporting Information about Employer Coverage for Purposes of Shared Responsibility and Premium Assistance: Transitional Relief for 2014

Categories: Health Insurance, Workforce and Access

Posted on July 23, 2013

On July 2, 2013, the Obama Administration posted a blog announcing a one-year delay (from 2014 to 2015) in implementing the shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) applicable to large employers. The blog was followed by brief IRS policy guidance, as well as by a final HHS rule implementing the process by which Exchanges will ascertain the eligibility of individuals who apply for premium tax credits because they lack access to “affordable” employer-sponsored coverage that provides “minimum value.”

Public and Allied Health Workforce

Categories: Implementation Update, Public Health, Workforce and Access

Posted on September 8, 2011

Strengthening and modernizing the health care workforce was a major goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law contains dozens of provisions related to health care workforce issues, including national workforce policy development (what the law refers to as workforce “innovations”), increasing the supply of primary care physicians and nurses, strengthening the dental health workforce, education and training of the workforce, and expanding teaching health centers. This Implementation Brief focuses on the provisions of the ACA dealing with the education, training, and support of public health and allied health care workers; previous Briefs have focused on the other topics.

Nursing Workforce

Categories: Implementation Update, Workforce and Access

Posted on June 15, 2011

Strengthening and modernizing the health care workforce was a major goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA contains dozens of provisions related to health care workforce issues, including strengthening primary care, national workforce policy development, increasing the supply of health care workers, education and training of the workforce, and other supports and improvements to the existing workforce. This Implementation Brief focuses on those provisions of the ACA that specifically target the strengthening of the nursing workforce.

Dental Health Workforce

Categories: Workforce and Access

Posted on April 27, 2011

Providing access to high quality oral health care is an important component to improving the health of people in the United States. A person’s oral health is connected to that person’s overall well-being, and can be an indicator of serious health problems. Often, symptoms of disease first show up in the mouth, and certain infections in the mouth, if untreated, can spread to other parts of the body. However, the current supply of dentists, particularly in medically underserved areas, is inadequate. As of September 2009, there were 4,230 dental health professions shortage areas, within which more than 42 million people live. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) estimates that it would take an increase of more than 9,500 dental professionals in order to reduce the ratio in shortage areas to 1 dental professional for every 3,000 individuals.

Primary Care Physician Workforce

Categories: Health Care Quality and Delivery System Reform, Workforce and Access

Posted on March 16, 2011

Strengthening and modernizing the health care workforce was a major goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA contains dozens of provisions related to health care workforce issues, including strengthening primary care, national workforce policy development, increasing the supply of health care workers, and more. This Implementation Brief focuses on those provisions of the ACA that specifically target the strengthening of the primary care physician workforce.

Teaching Health Centers

Categories: Health Care Quality and Delivery System Reform, Workforce and Access

Posted on January 5, 2011

Strengthening and modernizing the health care workforce was a major goal of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA contains dozens of provisions related to health care workforce issues, including strengthening primary care, national workforce policy development, increasing the supply of health care workers, education and training of the workforce, and other supports and improvements to the existing workforce. This Implementation Brief focuses on teaching health centers (THCs), a new type of health care entity created by the ACA.

National Workforce Policy Development

Categories: Workforce and Access

Posted on October 3, 2010

Strengthening and modernizing the health care workforce was a major goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The health reform law contains dozens of provisions related to health care workforce issues, including national workforce policy development (what the law refers to as workforce “innovations”), increasing the supply of health care workers, education and training of the workforce, strengthening primary care, and other supports and improvements to the existing workforce. This Implementation Brief focuses on national workforce policy; future Briefs will focus on the other topics listed.