The Legislature Gives Underpaid Home Care Workers Some Long-Overdue Relief

The Legislature Gives Underpaid Home Care Workers Some Long-Overdue Relief

Workers who provide home care for seniors in North Carolina do a grueling, difficult job, and they’ve been doing it for very low pay for a long time.

In a little-noticed provision in the budget approved by the General Assembly—over Governor Cooper’s veto—they’ll get some relief. The budget increases the Medicaid reimbursement rate for in-home care services from $13.88 to $15.60 per hour.

Allen Freyer, director of the Workers’ Rights Project at the NC Justice Center, says this is a good first step.…

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