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Shoring Up the Long-Term Care Workforce

August 1, 2019

This issue brief describes key challenges in direct care workforce recruitment and retention and offers recent examples of state legislation to strengthen the workforce. These policy proposals address wages, benefits, workforce protections, and training, among other issues.

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Key Takeaways

States have enacted policies to set wage floors for workers and improve their compensation.
Some states have enacted condition-specific training requirements for certain direct care workers.
State-sponsored task forces can inform policy proposals on the direct care workforce.

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