Document Type


Publication Date

Summer 2013

Publication Citation

20 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 1373 (2013)


Through its various provisions, the Affordable Care Act will insure more than thirty million Americans by January 1, 2014. This dramatic increase in coverage will have significant effects on both the U.S. economy and its healthcare system. Nursing professionals make up a large portion of the U.S. healthcare system and with a dramatic nursing shortage already in place, employers increasingly look abroad to fill nursing vacancies. Due to the increasing effects of globalization, foreign nurses have become an integral part of the U.S. healthcare system. This note argues that the increased coverage created by the Affordable Care Act will increase the demand for nurses, thus requiring greater recruitment and migration of nursing professionals from abroad.