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March 31, 2023

Kentucky Legislation Aims to Combat Widespread Nursing Home Aide Shortage

The State of Kentucky has recently enacted legislation to combat its healthcare workforce shortage at the root of the issue: training and education. For example, the Kentucky Hospital Association had reported in August 2022 that there were more than 13,400 full-time vacancies at Kentucky hospitals. The newly enacted law creates a public/private framework for funding and awarding scholarships and incentive prizes for individuals and for educational programs and institutions to increase the healthcare workforce in the state. Approximately 65% of the funds will be allocated to scholarships for training of healthcare professionals.  The remaining funds will be used for public university grants to further address training program needs. This effort has been long anticipated and hopes to provide a model for other states to use in addressing their own staffing needs. 

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