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Mountain States Health Alliance retraining workers to avoid layoffs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Financial concerns over the Affordable Care Act have Mountain States Health Alliance making staffing changes.

Mountain States Health Alliance says they need to cut costs in non-patient care areas because the federal government cut funding to hospitals.

In an effort to avoid immediate layoffs, MSHA will use its career resource center to provide career services or possible retraining for positions within the health system. Workers will keep their jobs and pay for 90 days while Mountain States helps them find positions inside or outside of the company.

It is expected that 116 currently filled positions out of approximately 9,000 positions will be directly affected, and another 45 currently vacant positions will be eliminated.

Mountain States is not alone in its troubles -- the healthcare industry shed 6,000 jobs in December 2013 alone to make up for Medicare cuts under Obamacare.

We asked MSHA to speak on camera about this, but they said no interviews would be granted.

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