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The state has set up a website aimed at recruiting medical workers to Montana.
Using federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress last year, the state is offering up to $12,500 in relocation reimbursement, plus an additional 35% of that to offset taxes on healthcare worker reimbursement , moving to Montana .
The program, called Claim Allowance for Relocation Expenses (CARE), was first recommended by one of the commissioners appointed by the state Legislature to determine how billions of ARPA funds should be spent, and then approved by the governor.
“Montana has struggled to attract and retain healthcare providers for too long, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this longstanding problem,” Gianforte said in a press release. “That’s why, through the CARE in Montana program, we are inviting qualified physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals to relocate to Montana, serve in our communities, reduce the burden on existing workers and ensure Montana residents have access to High have -quality care.”
During the pandemic and even before, Montana struggled to hire and retain health workers. During the COVID-19 waves, hospitals across the state have faced challenges as staff have left the field.
The website launched by the administration is called CareInMontana.com and explains how healthcare providers can participate in the CARE program. It also includes information on which jobs are eligible. There will also be a list of qualified jobs to help job seekers apply.
To be eligible, a worker must accept an offer of employment in a qualifying job, move to the state, and then work in that job for at least 12 consecutive months.
The program is administered by the State Department of Labor and Industry and the Department of Commerce.