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Obamacare Expected to Push Hiring Among Health Care Providers

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In order to meet the demands of the legislation within the Affordable Care Act, it’s becoming apparent that hiring within Health Care and related industries will have to ramp up. Health care providers will need more nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and companies that are required to offer insurance to employees will need more human resources staffers to keep track of their compliance. Experts also expect more jobs for computer programmers and other information technology professionals, customer service representatives, insurance agents, and wellness and fitness coaches.

While critics claim that Obamacare is turning the US into a “part time country” on account of ACA legislation that states firms with over 50 employees must offer health insurance to anyone working 30 hours or more, evidence suggests that the rise in part time workers has more to do with the last recession and the sluggish recovery that has since followed.

Last fall the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, in a forecast on minority hiring due to Obamacare, projected the health care industry overall could add a total of 4.6 million jobs over the next decade, a 31 percent increase from the current level. The group estimated a third of overall hiring could be the result of changes due to Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act is also expected to increase demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who are already in demand because of a physician shortage and the growth of accountable care organizations, which are networks of doctors and hospitals that share responsibility for patient care to keep costs down. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are attractive options because they can do 75 to 85 percent of the work a physician does at 55 to 65 percent of the cost, while maintaining patient satisfaction.

According to the Department of Labor, home health aides and personal health aids are two of the occupations with the most expected hiring in New York, while Health Services registered a job gain of 61,200 between November 2012 and November 2013.