With Stimulus Deadline Nearing, Home-Based Care Industry Scrambles to Secure Additional Relief

Friday is the deadline set by House Democrats and Senate Republicans for agreeing to a new coronavirus stimulus package. Home-based care stakeholders have had ample time to review the publicly released details from both parties’ plans — and they have a wishlist of additional provisions they’re still hoping to see. One of the central pain […]

Home Care Workers Urge Presidential Candidates to Address Caregiver Crisis, Raise Wages

With less than nine months before the 2020 U.S. presidential election, home care workers in early primary states are urging remaining presidential candidates to address the ongoing caregiver crisis and raise wages. Nationally, the demand for caregivers continues to grow, as an estimated 10,000 adults turn 65 every day. And while home care is one […]

Illinois Reaches ‘Historic’ Wage Increase Agreement with Home Care Workers

In what is being called a historic step forward on the wage and labor front, the state of Illinois recently reached two contract agreements with SEIU Healthcare Illinois — covering 30,000 home care workers. “After years of instability, I’m proud these contracts deliver good wages and good benefits to the people who offer this critical […]

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 […]