February 16, 2023
A national panel of health care leaders urged federal lawmakers to take action to address the health care workforce shortage that affects communities across the U.S.
On Thursday, the panel spoke before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) to discuss the ways the health care workforce shortage affects health care and the next steps to improve the workforce pipeline.
“There is no simple solution to the health care shortage, and it’s going to take a variety of initiatives to solve the problem,” said James E.K. Hildreth Sr., PhD, MD, president and CEO, Meharry Medical College.
Among the highlights from the hearing:
HELP Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (D–Vermont) noted that he intends to produce legislation to address the health care workforce shortage.
HAP continues to advocate for policies and legislation that will grow Pennsylvania’s health care workforce.
Last month, HAP released a workforce survey indicating more than 3 in 10 positions for some of the key professionals who make up patient care teams in Pennsylvania hospitals were vacant at the end of last year. HAP also outlined its full policy recommendations to address our workforce crisis, with a focus on:
For more information about HAP’s federal advocacy, contact John Myers, vice president, federal advocacy.
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