Jul 2012

A Room With A Grim View: The ‘Ambient Despair’ That Marks Life In Assisted Living

A Room With A Grim View: The 'Ambient Despair' That Marks Life In Assisted Living
By Martin Bayne

After entering an assisted living facility at age fifty-three because of young-onset Parkinson's, an observer-advocate contemplates the dire need for long-term care reform.

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The essay appears in Health Affairs' July 2012 issue.

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Several Million Healthcare Workers Needed by 2020

Several Million Healthcare Workers Needed by 2020

Regardless of the fate of the Affordable Care Act, the United States will need 5.6 million new healthcare workers by 2020, according to a study.

The study, by researchers at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce, also found that 4.6 million of those new workers will need education beyond high school.

“In healthcare, there are really two labor markets — professional and support,” Anthony P. Carnevale, the report’s lead author and director of the Center on Education and Workforce, said in a news release. “Professional jobs demand postsecondary training and advanced degrees, while support jobs demand high school and some colleges.”

There is “minimal mobility” between the two, Carnevale said, “and the pay gap is enormous — the average professional worker makes 2.5 times as much as the average support worker.”
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OFCCP Publishes Proposal to Improve Job Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

OFCCP Publishes Proposal to Improve Job Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/503/

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements. The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs invites public comment on this proposal, which was published in the December 9 edition of the
Federal Register.
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