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Health Aides’ Low Wages Threaten Home Health Care

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 12:09 PM

Home health aides are crucial in allowing elderly and disabled individuals to remain in their own homes.  They help with getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding and running errands, yet, with all of these responsibilities they are paid on average $12 an hour.  Nearly a quarter of home health aides live below the poverty line.

“Wages for home health aides are largely determined by the rate that Medicaid pays for their services, which is set by each state. Medicaid is the largest payer for home health aide services, and for good reason: keeping people at home is a popular option — 90 percent of individuals say they would rather age in place —and it makes the most fiscal sense for states to keep their aging and disabled populations out of cost-heavy, potentially infectious institutional environments.”

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