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Reports and Resources: California’s Health Care Workforce: Readiness for the ACA Era

UCSF Center for the Health Professions (November 9, 2011)

This comprehensive report, sponsored by The California Wellness Foundation, explores the current and future capacity of California's health care workforce to meet the expected increase in demand resulting from expanded insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA...

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Health Professions in the News: Doctor shortage could ease as Obamacare boosts nurses, physician assistants

Forbes (November 4, 2013)

“Though a physician shortage appears inevitable as more Americans get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, new research indicates new primary care models using nurse practitioners and physician assistants could eliminate the scarcity of primary-care doctors. Researchers at the nonprofit...

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Health Professions in the News: California looks for a new generation of culturally sensitive health care workers

Modesto Bee (August 11, 2013)

Facing a surge of newly insured patients coming under the Affordable Care Act, and a primary care workforce that’s expected to lose 30% of its capacity to retirement in the next few years, California must focus on fostering a new generation of diverse and culturally sensitive health care workers...

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Health Professions in the News: California Weighs Policy Changes to Address Provider Shortage

California Healthline (October 9, 2013)

“Two-thirds of California regions already fall short of the federally recommended primary care doctor supply. As the Affordable Care Act is implemented and more Californians gain insurance, the burden on the state's primary care providers will increase.  In a California Healthline report by Rachel...

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Health Professions in the News: US health care workers lead May job gains

The Washington Post (June 6, 2014)

Health care workers might have received a hiring bump from President Barack Obama’s health care law. Their ranks grew by 54,900 in May, the Labor Department said Friday. That unusual surge helped drive last month’s overall job growth of 217,000, even as the unemployment rate remained 6.3 percent...

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Health Professions in the News: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Announced Second Round of Funding

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (June 26, 2014)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a second round of funding, up to $730 million, under the State Innovation Models initiative. This is an additional opportunity made possible by the Affordable Care Act that offers states and innovators tools and flexibility to transform...

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Health Professions in the News: Two Health Care Measures Make Ballot Deadline for November, Two Others Held

California Healthline (June 30, 2014)

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen last week announced six initiatives have qualified for the November ballot -- two of them health-related.  Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: HHS Announces $100M in Grants for New Health Centers

California Healthline (July 9, 2014)

On Tuesday, HHS announced that it will provide $100 million in grants under the Affordable Care Act for new health care centers nationwide to expand and boost access to care in underserved and vulnerable communities. Public and not-for-profit health centers -- in addition to Native American, community...

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Health Professions in the News: Study: 10.3M U.S. Residents Have Gained Coverage Since Fall 2013

California Healthline (July 24, 2014)

About 10.3 million U.S. residents have gained health coverage since the fall 2013 launch of the initial open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Reuters reports. Read the full story here...

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Health Professions in the News: Most U.S. Residents' Lives Improved by ACA Implementation, CNN Poll Finds

California Healthline (July 25, 2014)

More than 50% of U.S. residents believe their lives or the lives of people they know have been improved by the Affordable Care Act, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: Calif. Uninsured Rate Falls to 11% After Exchange Open Enrollment

California Healthline (July 11, 2014)

The uninsured rate in California has been cut in half after the first open enrollment period for the state's health insurance exchange, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey, the Los Angeles Times reports. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: Consumers Can Enroll In Covered California Starting Tomorrow

Covered California (November 14, 2014)

Open enrollment for affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act officially begins Saturday, Nov. 15, Covered California announced. Consumers need to enroll by Dec. 15 in order to have health insurance coverage starting on Jan. 1. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: FAQ: What you need to know about health insurance open enrollment

89.3 KPCC (November 12, 2014)

The more than 150 million Americans with job-based health insurance should have an eye out for their workplace "open enrollment" period – that annual opportunity to review their policy and to make changes to their coverage for the following year. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: Where the jobs will be: Non-degreed health workers

Central Valley Business Times (September 18, 2014)

Over the next decade, California is expected to need nearly 450,000 new health care workers — due in part to expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act but mainly to the growth and aging of the state's population, according to research from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California...

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Health Professions in the News: California medical leaders join to boost health insurance enrollment

89.3 KPCC (December 2, 2014)

The California Medical Association and leaders of 13 health care provider groups announced Tuesday they're embarking on a campaign to educate Californians about affordable health insurance available during the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment season. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: The ACA Is Changing How Students Become Doctors

California Healthline (May 6, 2015)

From the Medical College Admissions Test to post-graduate residencies, the way U.S. doctors are taught is changing in the wake of health care reform. Read the full story here.

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Health Professions in the News: Opinion: Obamacare a job killer? Not likely

Chicago Sun Times (October 13, 2015)

At that time, with the national unemployment rate above 9 percent and the economy still struggling to recover after the Great Recession, this was a particularly worrisome concern. But five years later, though the unemployment rate now is around 5 percent, that argument still is being made. At the...

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Health Professions in the News: Health Reform May Change Workers’ Roles

California Healthline (December 14, 2015)

There will be new job opportunities in California because of the Affordable Care Act, but likely more of a shift in the nature of those jobs and not necessarily an increase in the number of them, according to a new study released last week by researchers at UC-San Francisco. Read the full story here...

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Health Professions in the News: Can for-profit medical schools fill the doctor gap?

CBS News (June 22, 2016)

For-profit medical schools are starting to pop up around the country, promising to create new family doctors for underserved rural regions. Rural states like Idaho need more general practitioners, with the baby boom generation aging and expanded insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act making...

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Health Professions in the News: Medi-Cal Patients Flocking To ERs More Than Before ACA

California Healthline (June 12, 2017)

Medi-Cal patients are swamping California emergency rooms in greater numbers than they did before the Affordable Care Act took effect, despite predictions that the health law would ease the burden on ERs. Emergency room visits by people on Medi-Cal rose 75 percent over five years, from 800,000 in...

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