Home Care Workers Continue to Face Lower Than Average Wages

Despite vocal outcries by home care workers for a higher minimum wage, and the belief that doing so can have an overall positive impact on the economy, wages for both U.S. home care workers and nursing assistants have either stagnated or “barely kept up with inflation over the last 10 years,” according to research conducted by […]

4 Changes to Strengthen Home Care in the Future

There were more than 300,000 home care aides in New York in 2015, according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), making it one of the state’s largest workforce groups. However, with low pay and a growing need for these workers, home care leaders are hoping to find better solutions to address patient needs and boost […]

New Draft of Health Care Bill Maintains Medicaid Cuts

Republicans unveiled a new version of their health care bill in the Senate on Thursday. Several major amendments have been made to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), but the bill still contains deep cuts to Medicaid funding over the next decade. Medicaid Funding Worries The biggest uproar about the Republican plan has originated from its deep cuts to […]

Senate Health Care Bill Pulls Back Medicaid Spending

Senate Republicans released a “discussion draft” of their health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as Obamacare. The bill, while similar in the House version passed in May, goes even further in its cuts to Medicaid funding—and potential impacts to home heath care. “The Senate bill—once promised as […]

One in Four Direct Care Workers Are Immigrants

Nearly one quarter of the direct care workforce, which includes home health aides, personal care aides and nursing assistants, are immigrants, according to a recent report from Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), an organization centered on improving the direct care workforce. And this sector of the direct care workforce would benefit from “an array of policy […]

Training Initiative Aims to Thwart Caregiver Crisis

The key to solving the home health care labor shortage could lie in better training. That’s the gist of a grassroots training program dubbed the Care Connections Project (CCP) from New York City-based nonprofit Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), an organization centered on improving the lives of workers who provide home or residential care. The program, which began […]

Future of Home Care Workforce Caught in State Budget Snafus

Impasses over state budgets in Illinois and California are threatening to stymie those states’ home health care workforces during a crucial period of growth for the industry. The Illinois House earlier this month voted to approve an $817 million spending plan that would temporarily fund cash-starved universities and other programs, according to the Associated Press. […]

Obamacare Replacement Bill is a Mixed Bag for Home Health

After much speculation and recently leaked drafts, the GOP’s health care plan has finally come out, drawing mixed reactions from home health stakeholders. A bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, was released Monday to widespread excitement and critiques across both sides of partisan aisles. The impact of The American Health Care […]

New Initiative to Tackle Caregiver Crisis, Influence Public Policy

A nonprofit organization focused on supporting the direct care workforce as well as the home care industry has launched a new campaign in hopes of influencing policy to help solve the growing shortage of health care workers. New York City-based Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) launched its “60 Caregiver Issues” campaign this week to bring awareness to […]

1 in 4 Home Care Workers Lives in Poverty

Taking inflation into account, American home care workers are actually making lesser wages than they did 10 years ago—despite their jobs being in greater demand than ever before. In fact, given the enormity of the upcoming demand for home care workers, this trend is unsustainable, according to a new research report. There are about 2.2 […]