November 15, 2011
The Obama administration is unveiling a $1 billion grant program today that gives priority to organizations that hire, train and deploy new health care workers.
The Health Care Innovation Challenge is designed to find "the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program," said an administration announcement.
"Both public and private community organizations around the country are finding innovative solutions to improve our health care system and the Health Care Innovation Challenge will help jump-start these efforts," said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.
The White House casts this program as part of the "We Can't Wait" campaign, which seeks to pressure congressional Republicans into backing the president's jobs program.
The program is part of the Obama 2010 health care law, now the subject of a Supreme Court case.