The 60 Caregiver Issues Campaign
Over two years, PHI will release a new issue every 2-3 weeks, inspiring policymakers and long-term care leaders to pinpoint what needs to be done to remedy this shortage and create a vibrant, sustainable system of long-term care.
Our research, unique industry expertise, and partnerships with state and national leaders aptly position us to address this crisis.
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Issue 4 | March 21, 2017
TAKE FEDERAL ACTION TO STRENGTHEN THE DIRECT CARE WORKFORCE.
A federal investment in the direct care workforce would promote better wages and benefits, enhance training, and create advanced roles. It would also regularly collect data on the workforce, expand access to services and supports, and thread the contributions of family caregivers with those of paid caregivers, ultimately creating a vibrant system of care. In response, PHI has released a new federal policy report that details recommendations across these issues. This report speaks to a new presidential administration and a new Congress about the needs of direct care workers—and the millions of older people and people with disabilities they serve.
Issue 3 | March 7, 2017
EXPAND HEALTH COVERAGE FOR DIRECT CARE WORKERS.
Issue Brief (pdf)
Direct care workers—nursing assistants, home health aides, and personal care aides who support older Americans and people with disabilities—are among America’s lowest paid workers, often struggling to access health coverage. However, new coverage numbers show that this workforce benefited substantially from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Between 2010 and 2014, half a million direct care workers gained coverage. At the same time, the uninsured rate across this workforce decreased by 26 percent. As the Trump administration and the new Congress consider the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, it is important to consider the impact of these changes on this critical U.S. workforce.
Issue 2 | February 22, 2017
USE A ‘QUALITY JOBS’ FRAMEWORK TO MEASURE POLICY PROGRESS IN YOUR STATE.
Issue Brief (pdf)
The move to managed care, in combination with recent changes in labor policies, has affected how home care services are structured and delivered across New York State. This analysis shows that managed care has the potential to improve home care jobs, but government intervention is imperative to ensure home care aides benefit from these changes. Using PHI’s “9 elements of a quality job” framework, we assess whether these major shifts in state policy are supporting job improvements for New York’s over 300,000 home care aides.
Issue 1 | February 7, 2017
LEARN ABOUT THE SHORTAGE OF PAID CAREGIVERS—AND UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S HAPPENING.
Families can't find home care workers, so they quit their jobs and deplete their savings to care for a loved one. Workers leave emotionally fulfilling caregiving jobs because they can't afford to live on low wages or because they see few opportunities to advance in their careers in this occupation. Home care agencies, nursing homes, and managed care plans struggle to find workers. Here are eight signs that the shortage in direct care workers has become a crisis.
60 CAREGIVER ISSUES. ONE IDEA AT A TIME.