Legislation invests $61 million toward education training, recruitment and retention of nurses and health care workers
DENVER, CO – The House Health and Insurance Committee today passed Representative Kyle Mullica’s bill to bolster Colorado’s health care workforce. SB22-226 allocates $61 million in federal economic relief funds toward education, training, recruitment and retention of nurses and other health care workers.
“I cannot stress this enough, Colorado needs more nurses and health care workers,” said Rep. Kyle Mullica, D-Thornton. “Pandemic pressures and staffing shortages have taken their toll on our health care workers, and my bill invests more than $60 million to train and recruit more nurses. To build a healthier Colorado, we are directing funds toward getting more dedicated nurses and health care professionals into hospitals and clinics. I am proud to champion this legislation, not only for my nursing colleagues in the ER but for the millions of Coloradans who depend on our health care workers each and every day.”
Boosting Health Care Workforce: SB22-226 sponsored by Representative Kyle Mulica passed the House Health & Insurance Committee by a vote of XX to XX. This bill would address the shortage of health care workers by assisting with tuition and fees to help people get into high-demand health care fields. These programs require clinical hours at health facilities, currently, a major limiting factor in how many students schools can accept. To address this, the bill would also provide funding for health care facilities to increase training slots to build long-term capacity to train new and existing employees.
Additionally, the bill would create the Health Care Workforce Resilience and Retention Program in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop employee well-being programs and support the retention of health care workers. The bill also extends funding for the School Nurse Grant Program and invests in measures to recruit and re-re-engage health care workers who may have left the profession during the pandemic.