New incentive program aims to recruit health care workers to Montana
Montana is funding a new incentive program to help recruit health care providers in response to statewide staffing issues.
The new program will allow employers to compensate doctors and nurses up to $12,500 to relocate to Montana, if they commit to remaining employed for at least a year.
Speaking at an event at Billings Clinic, Gov. Greg Gianforte said the health care worker shortage predates the pandemic, "but without taking specific action, it will outlast it as well."
A recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report says that the nation’s health care sector is down by more than 500,000 workers since Feb. 2020.
The relocation program "will be an important tool in attracting much needed health care staff to our state," Billings Clinic CEO Scott Ellner said in a statement.
The governor’s office says the program is expected to begin later this month.
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