States Use Medicaid Dollars to Train Health Care Workforce

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that two states, Oklahoma and Rhode Island, will receive technical assistance to identify and implement strategies to re-envision how to use Medicaid funds to address state workforce needs in rural and other underserved communities.

Evidence suggests providers who train in clinics in rural and other underserved areas are more likely to practice there after their training is complete. As states consider broader health care transformation strategies, one in particular they are focusing on is identifying new approaches to using Medicaid funds for graduate medical education and other training that will support the placement of providers in these rural and other underserved areas. This is just one example of how strategically using Medicaid funding can help states better meet their health care workforce goals.

The technical assistance will provide both states an opportunity to engage in the creation of a plan with specific goals and action steps and accompanied by on-the-ground support, which will include discussions with experts and stakeholder engagement.

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