Publications

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

Author(s): 

Tim Bates, Lisel Blash, Susan Chapman, Catherine Dower, Ed O'Neil

Date: 
Nov. 09, 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). California’s Health Care Workforce: Readiness for the ACA Era uses key informant interviews, detailed analyses of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Professional License Masterfile, a literature review, and an environmental scan to highlight the challenges of comparing data across professions and identifying and analyzing the options for meeting workforce needs in the context of the current economic environment. A series of policy recommendations is included.

This research brief summarizes the report California’s Health Care Workforce: Readiness for the ACA Era. The brief and corresponding report explore the current and future capacity of California’s health care workforce to meetthe expected increase in demand resulting from expanded insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Both documents present data, analyses, and policy recommendations for addressing the workforce challenges presented by the ACA.