Grow New Hampshire Health Care Workforce
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated NH's ongoing healthcare workforce shortage. Hospital capacity has been stretched thin due in part to workforce shortages, and rising levels of stress and anxiety heavily impacted substance use and mental health treatment providers, as well. Rural areas of the state have been hit especially hard. Further investments are needed to reinforce rural care and to boost the workforce all across the state.
What can be done:
- Invest in student loan repayment for health care professionals working in underserved areas. These funds represent a critical investment helping to recruit and retain primary, behavioral and other care workers.
- Maintain and increase funding for medically underserved areas of the state. Supporting workforce needs in the state’s rural areas will help to ensure all Granite State residents have access to healthcare services.
- Support adequate Medicaid Reimbursement rates to expand access to quality, affordable care. Maintaining past rate increases, which have built upon some of the lowest rates in the country, is essential to supporting NH health care providers.
Why this matters to NH:
When Granite Staters do not get the health care they need, our state suffers. To build a health care workforce capable of ensuring a healthy and thriving Granite State, critical investments are necessary to help recruit and retain primary, behavioral, and other care workers.
Current clinical vacancies include physicians, family practice, internal medicine, pediatricians, obstetricians, gynecologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychiatric NPs, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants. These clinicians provide critical integrated behavioral health, substance use disorder, and primary care. Maintaining these rate increases, which have built upon some of the lowest rates in the country, is essential to supporting our health care providers
Maintaining an annual rate increase is essential to supporting our health care providers and continuing to address the workforce shortages that are limiting access to care across the state, during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The lack of access to community-based care has a far-reaching impact on our health care system, including backup in local emergency rooms while individuals in mental health crisis wait for hospital beds.
Investing in a strong health care workforce supports our health care providers and boosts access and quality of care across the state
Want to become an advocate for a strong healthcare workforce?
Share your health and wellness interests with us here: https://new-futures.org/become-an-advocate. Let our team know what issues matter to you and we will help you use your voice effectively throughout the legislative session and beyond. Your voice matters and we want to help you use your voice effectively to make health and wellness improvements in the Granite State!