Your Comments Needed by Jan 4: Tell DHHS Quality Care Depends on Fair Pay

December 28, 2015
TAKE ACTION! Tell DHHS quality care depends on fair pay
Home care is incredibly important work. NC is home to tens of thousands of home care workers who provide necessary support to aging, disabled and chronically ill patients. Without help from home care workers, many patients are pushed into nursing homes and other care facilities, taking them further away from the lives they know and creating additional strain on the healthcare system.
Unfortunately, home care work is currently one of the lowest-paid occupations in the state, meaning that the people who provide these critical home care services are often scraping by themselves. Care providers don’t stay in the job for long; nationally, home care workers have a 61% annual turnover rate. For seniors and others receiving home care, a change in care providers is disruptive at best, and at worst, can lead to gaps in coverage while a patient tries to find a new provider.
The US Department of Health & Human Services is seeking public input on how to ensure that Medicaid patients have access to the care they need. We want to let them know that poor wages for home care jobs harm patients’ ability to find quality, consistent care.
Take Action! Tell DHHS that quality care for patients depends on fair pay for workers.