Nursing Facilities and the Michigan Economy

In recognition of the Health Care Association of Michigan (HCAM) Second Annual Legislative Initiative Day on Monday, July 18th, we are sharing some information from their LEGISLATIVE GUIDE TO TODAY’S NURSING FACILITY, which includes information on funding, regulations and activities that are important for House and Senate members to know and understand.

• In serving approximately 40,000 elderly citizens, Michigan’s 420 licensed nursing facilities provide jobs and economic activity in every community in our state. In rural communities, nursing facilities are often the largest employer in the area.
• Michigan is on the forefront of new physical environments, leading the nation in renovations and new construction of facilities, creating construction and related jobs as well.
• Michigan Department of Labor projects professional nursing jobs to increase 28 percent from 2006 to 2016.

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NURSING FACILITIES CREATE JOBS
In serving 45,000 frail elderly citizens, Michigan’s 420 licensed nursing facilities provide jobs and economic activity in every community in our state. In rural communities, nursing facilities are often the largest employer in the area.
• Michigan is on the forefront of new physical environments, leading the nation in renovations and new construction of facilities, creating construction and related jobs.
• Nursing facilities directly employ more than 40,000 individuals in Michigan. Care is provided by a dedicated workforce that encompasses both professional and paraprofessional staff along with nurse aides, housekeepers, dietary, maintenance and administrative support staff.
• Related businesses and service sectors that supply and support nursing facilities add to the direct and indirect economic impact. Suppliers provide medical supplies, drugs and pharmacy products, food, utilities and administrative supplies, to name a few.
• Nursing facilities represent 1.9 percent of Michigan’s total economic activity and 2.2 percent of its employment base.*
• Nursing facilities generate $1.2 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue.
• Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth projects professional nursing jobs to increase 28 percent, from 2006-2016.
Health care is one of the top job-producing sectors of our economy. Health care jobs have continued to grow even in these tough economic times. Nursing facilities and other long-term care providers (assisted living and other residential care facilities) have contributed to that growth. They continue to provide essential services to some of our most vulnerable citizens and contribute to our state and nation’s economic health as well.
* The Lewis Group economic impact research on behalf of the American Health Care Association.

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