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Apr 30, 2016 12:08 PM

Hassan starts study of health care worker shortage

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — Gov. Maggie Hassan is creating a commission to study New Hampshire's shortage of health care workers.

Hassan has issued an executive order to create the commission, which will report its finding in December. She says a shortage in workers "increasingly threatens" New Hampshire citizens' ability to access care and limits health care choices.

Her office says the state is facing a shortage of doctors, nurses, mental health workers, substance abuse counselors, psychiatrists and home-care providers, but her order doesn't offer details on the shortages in each profession.

The commission will look at recruitment and training, rules and payment around home health care services and other issues related to the workforce.

Dr. Susan Huard, the president of Manchester Community College, is the commission's chair.

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