Retooling the Healthcare Workforce for an Aging America Act (2009)
Federal bill aims to expand education and training opportunities in geriatrics and long-term care for licensed health professionals, direct care workers and family caregivers in order to better prepare the workforce for meeting the needs of the growing older adult population. The bill permits state Medicaid programs to do an assessment of a family caregiver's needs and to provide referral to appropriate services when he or she is caring for a Medicaid beneficiary who qualifies for home and community-based services and who relies on the family caregiver for much of their care. The bill also ensures that health care providers provide family caregivers of Medicare beneficiaries information and referral to community support services at the point of discharge from a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation facility.
Bill Number H.R. 468/ S. 245
Sponsor Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)/ Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI)
Date of Introduction 1/13/2009
Latest Activity Stalled (did not pass in 111th Congress)
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Topic: Professional Workforce Development