Home Health Care Providers see Light at the End of the Tunnel
For some time now, Home Health care workers have been neglected of a few rights and a better salary as they are constantly compared to temporary babysitters. Nearly two million home healthcare providers that have been affected by this will now be sheltered by the Fair Labor Standard Act specifically by the minimum wage and overtime clauses as of 2015.
This is great news eminently for the advocates of all those in-home workers who bring wellness and care to the elderly, those suffering from a disability or sickness. For a while, they have been fighting for the Act to take effect particularly in cases like these. Arguing that this profession is growing at increased rates and that they not only serve as companions for the elderly but as healthcare providers as well, has paid off.
“Now you have millions of home care workers … doing this as a means to support themselves and their families,” said Steve Edelstein. Steve is the director of the national policy Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, which has been the institute standing behind this movement all along.
There are those who oppose this determination claiming that it will make it much more expensive for families to hire a home health care provider. It will also impact the way government systems like Medicaid pay for these types of services. They believe that it will also reflect in a decrease of the covered services.
“What this means for patients is less care. What it means for aides and caregivers is less work and reduced compensation,” Andrea Devoti, chair of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.
Fifteen states already provide minimum wage and overtime protections under states laws, according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.
Under specific state laws, and according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, there are already 15 states that protect home health care providers with the minimum wage and overtime clauses.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has in the next few years the market for this type health care will be booming. As more people of the baby boom age are getting older they much rather be cared for in the comfort of their own home and not a nursing homes.
Although there is still much negotiation from here until 2015 when the bill will take effect, it is definitely an early victory for all home health care providers.