Home-Based Care Advocates Celebrate Build Back Better Plan’s House Passage, Urge Senate to Follow Suit

The Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan – which includes an array of support for home-based care and senior services – took a significant step Friday. A $1.9 trillion bill got the necessary amount of votes to make it through the U.S. House of Representatives. The next stop will be the Senate. “Today’s historic vote […]

Senators, Advocates Tout ‘Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity’ for Funding HCBS

“Care cannot wait — and neither should Congress.” That was the message delivered Thursday by Brittany Williams, a professional home care worker and third-generation caregiver from Washington state, during a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing. “Even as a child, I could see that care is essential,” Williams told the committee. “It is life-giving […]

Caregiver Activist Seizes Golden Globes Moment

Ai-jen Poo, who advocates for domestic workers from nannies to home heath aides, recently attended the Golden Globes as Meryl Streep’s plus-one. Poo is the executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the recipient of the 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant and the co-creator of the Caring Across Generations campaign. The National Domestic Workers Alliance advocates for domestic […]

Vice News Tackles Home Health Wages in Georgia

Home care agencies typically charge more than $20 an hour for their services, but workers only make about half of that. That’s according to a recent segment on Vice News, which highlighted the low wages that some home care workers earn in Georgia. Though taking care of the elderly is one of the fastest-growing jobs in […]

Must-Read News: No HHGM—For Now

Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. It was a busy week, so catch up with our must-read news before the start of a new seven-day stretch. Keep reading to see our top stories from last week. Here’s what caught our eye around the web: A hospice administrator in Texas was convicted of capital murder, theft and […]

DOL Wage Rule Takes Effect, Provider Reaction Mixed

Federal overtime and minimum wage protections for home care workers officially took effect Tuesday, after a protracted and still ongoing legal battle between the Department of Labor and provider associations. The DOL has said it will not enforce the provisions for 30 days, but as the effective date arrived, some home care providers voiced sharp […]

MacArthur Grant Goes Toward Home Care Worker Rights

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently awarded a prestigious $625,000 grant to a home care advocate who has championed the rights of domestic workers, including home health aides, a New York Times article reports.  Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, won the 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant last week […]

Home Care Workers Rally on Capitol Hill for Minimum Wage, Overtime Rights

Home care workers visited Capitol Hill in droves this week, rallying for minimum wage and overtime rights with leadership from the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  Speaking for pending regulation under the Obama Administration that would guarantee those benefits, those advocating for the labor rights told The Hill they are hopeful the rules will be finalized […]

NY Times: Caregivers Fight Uphill Wage Battle

Domestic laborers such as caregivers and home care workers earn a median wage of about $10 an hour with few receiving benefits of any kind, according to a study by the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  A New York Times article reported the survey’s results and found that pay differentiates across ethnicity, immigration status and whether […]