With much of the national attention focused on the largest moving parts of the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul, it's easy for the numerous smaller provisions to get lost in the shuffle. But the ongoing political battle over the fate of the law also has affected those initiatives.
One such small part of the 2,700-page law but big to providers was the new National Health Care Workforce Commission.
The first federally appointed advisory body fully focused on the healthcare workforce had its inaugural 15 members appointed by the comptroller general last year. But nothing else has happened with the group since then because Congress never approved any operational funds for it.
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