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Direct Care Workers: An Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit Produced with Support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

October 1, 2012

This report presents general information about the direct care workforce — the different types of workers, the increasing demand for direct care, and the problems facing the workforce. It includes information on how the Affordable Care Act of 2010 will affect direct care workforce in the coming years. The report also includes links to other resources and the contact information for dozens of long-term care experts.

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Key Takeaways

The direct care workforce totaled about 4 million workers in 2011.
Turnover is high among direct care workers, in part because of low wages.
The Affordable Care Act supports efforts to recruit, retain, and train direct care workers.

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