NJBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Alexis Bailey told NJ101.5 News last week that a nine-bill package, strongly supported by NJBIA, will encourage more people to enter the healthcare industry, while eliminating barriers that stand in the way of qualified applicants finding work.

“This is a win-win for business, the health care industry, job seekers across the state and for state government,” Bailey told NJ101.5 reporter David Matthau.

“Shining a light on the (healthcare workforce shortage) and helping more people get involved in this workforce is incredibly important.”

Leading the bill package, primarily sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6), is A-4617, which requires the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development to work with healthcare stakeholders to identify unemployed individuals who can be trained to work in the healthcare fields.

As an extra step, bill A-4618 creates an online job portal with NJDOLWD to help connect behavioral healthcare workers with job openings in the field.

The bill package is expected to get more traction with the Legislature in the new year.

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