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How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Travel Healthcare Professionals?

The Affordable Care Act goes into full effect in less than six months. Hundreds of thousands of Americans who don’t now have health insurance will be required to purchase it (or pay a penalty). Uninsured households with low incomes will be able to receive help in paying for their new healthcare premiums.

In a nutshell, this means hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of people who are not currently insured will have health insurance. Many people without health insurance tend to forgo visiting doctors for wellness checkups, or when they have a “little ache or pain,” rather than pay out of pocket.

But once they have affordable health insurance, these folks, according to healthcare experts, are expected to head to their neighborhood physician’s office in droves. No longer will women put off getting mammograms. No longer will men decide a prostate exam just isn’t in the cards. No longer will mothers and fathers cross their fingers and hope that this time their child’s “bad” cold really isn’t the flu.

Instead, they’ll go to the doctor and get it checked out!

We expect the ACA to have a very positive affect on hospitals’ and medical facilities’ need for more traveling RNs, PTs, OTs, speech therapists, pharmacists, and other allied healthcare workers.

Medical facilities are expected to shift to offering more “well-care” services such as checkups, inoculations and screenings.

The ACA also prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage due to a pre-existing medical condition, so previously uninsured patients who need more involved care will once again return.

In the short term – because of the huge influx of patients expected in the first months of full inception of the ACA – we expect our clients to ask for more travelers to help handle the greater number of patients seeking service.

In the longer term, hospitals and medical facilities may see more of an upswing in the number of patients seeking them out. This also means more opportunities for healthcare travelers as facilities work hard to make sure they have enough healthcare professionals on hand to meet patient load.

As ACA implementation rolls out, one thing travelers will need to be sure they do is to keep abreast of advances within their profession, as hospitals and other healthcare centers will be looking for those travelers with up-to-the-minute credentials and certificates, or even degrees.

If you’re an experienced healthcare professional (one or two years of professional work behind you) and you’re interested in learning more about travel healthcare opportunities, check out our job board and then contact a MedPro Healthcare Staffing recruiter today.