Health officials said Wednesday they will open a new job fair at the new Health Connector, which is expected to create up to 200 jobs and bring thousands of dollars into the state.
The announcement comes as state lawmakers are expected to unveil legislation aimed at expanding health coverage for Medicaid recipients and others who are eligible for federal funding.
State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Lake Charles, said the job fair is intended to give a new wave of health care workers a chance to prove themselves.
Harris said the state should be ready for new doctors to come to Louisiana, but said the new job would create an opportunity for those who have never worked in the health care field to prove they are qualified.
The job fair will start Tuesday, according to the Department of Health and Hospitals.
It is open to the public, and the state expects to receive applications from residents in the state by the end of the week.
Harris, who is sponsoring the legislation, said he hopes the job offer sparks interest among those seeking a career in health care.
The agency’s mission is to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to perform their critical roles in the community, Harris said.
The company will have to meet with the health department, the Louisiana Department of Public Health and the Department for Labor, Education and Training to complete the application process, he said.