Obama administration announces $250 million funding allocation for healthcare work force

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) just announced the first allocation of work force funding under the healthcare reform bill. 

The breakdown of the $250 million:

    •    $168 million to expand the number of primary care residency training slots, to produce about 500 additional primary care providers by 2015;
    •    $32 million to increase the number of physician assistants by 600 by 2015;
    •    $30 million to increase the number of nurse practitioners by 600;
    •    $15 million to add 10 new nurse managed health centers, settings in which nurse practitioners provide primary care services and undergo their clinical training;
    •    $5 million in grants to encourage states to address their healthcare work force needs.

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