CMS Proposes Stricter Payment Rule for Independent Home Care Workers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken action to tighten Medicaid payment rules related to independent home care providers. It announced the move in a proposed rule issued Tuesday. “The law provides that Medicaid providers must be paid directly and cannot have part of their payments diverted to third parties outside of […]

Controversial Home Care Overhaul Passes in Washington State

About 35,000 individual home care workers in Washington will be managed by a private entity rather than the state by 2021, under a law signed Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jay Inslee (pictured above). The divisive measure pitted Democrats and union interests against Republicans and the conservative nonprofit Freedom Foundation, based in the state capital of […]

Bloomberg: US Home Care System Woefully Inadequate

A report in Bloomberg Businessweek paints a dire picture of the state of home care for the aging U.S. population. The article, published Feb. 9 and prepared in conjunction with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, highlights a caregiver named Valia, describing her arduous 48-hour shifts to make a point about the lack of […]

Veto Prevents Sharing of Aides’ Info With California Unions

A bill that drew sharp criticism from home care industry advocates in California has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Under Assembly Bill 1513, the State Department of Social Services would have been required to provide the names and phone numbers of registered home care aides to labor unions, unless aides opted out. “Home […]

Home Health Worker Loses Bid to Object to Union Representation

Home health care workers do not have their First Amendment rights violated when union groups bargain on behalf of workers in Illinois, a Federal judge ruled. The issue stems from a lawsuit filed by a Illinois home health care worker named Rebecca Hill and others, who argued that allowing a union group—the Service Employees International […]

SEIU: Home Care Jobs Bill Should Come Early in Clinton Presidency

Home care workers have been part of the dialogue throughout the 2016 presidential election, with U.S. Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton proposing tax reforms to support caregivers and Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump releasing a health plan that largely ignores impact on the home health care industry. Now, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) vows to […]

Home Health Care Workers Win $16 Hourly Wage

The Fight for $15 may be just the beginning. About 34,000 state-contracted home health caregivers in Washington state have fought for a wage of $16 per hour, and won. Specifically, by the time their contract expires in 2019, the average wage for state-contracted caregivers will exceed $16 per hour. The newly negotiated contract also doubles […]

Home Care Workers Gain More Protection Under State Law

Home health care workers have been granted federal overtime and minimum wage protections since last year, but one Midwest state has recently brought these workers under state protections with a new law, as well. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed into law The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, giving state minimum wage and basic […]

Business Briefs: SimplyHome Receives $200,000 For New Tech Platform

SimplyHome Receives $200,000 Grant for New Platform SimplyHome, LLC, a player in the field of customized assistive technology, announced their receipt of a $200,000 specially adapted housing assist technology (SAHAT) grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The grant will be used to develop a new platform meant to simplify the user experience of voice commands […]