New York’s unpaid family caregivers need a reliable, stable system to provide home care services that assist them in helping their loved one’s age at home, as the vast majority want – rather than in less desirable, costlier, and mostly taxpayer-funded nursing homes.
But pay for home care workers continues to be too low to attract and maintain an adequate workforce, which in turn has led to a shortage of available home care at a time when need is fast increasing as the state’s 65-plus population is skyrocketing.
The Legislature and Governor came together last year and increased pay for workers by $2 per hour for the current state fiscal year and an additional $1 an hour for a second year. However, there has been confusion surrounding how and whether that money is going from insurance companies to home care agencies - and ultimately to the workers. This is on top of concerns about Governor Hochul’s plans to raise the minimum wage in her current budget proposal.
Increasing the minimum pay for home care workers to 150% of the regional minimum wage would spur more steady employment in home care services across the state and help more New Yorkers receive home care services, while stabilizing the home care system.
Panelists & Sponsored Speakers
Chair, State Senate Committee on Health
Chair, Assembly Committee on Health
New York State Senator, District 48
President & CEO, Cooperative Home Care Associates
New York Director, Hand in Hand
Director of Government Affairs & Advocacy, AARP New York
Thursday, March 2, 2023
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Opening Remarks by Jon Lentz, City & State
Welcome Remarks by James O'Neal, AARP New York
AARP New York urges the final state budget to include Fair Pay for Home Care as sponsored in legislation (S.3189) by Senator Rachel May, which would increase the minimum pay for home care workers to 150% of the regional minimum wage, spur more steady employment in home care services across the state and help more New Yorkers receive home care services and stabilize the home care system. AARP New York urges competitive wages for home care workers in order to retain and expand the workforce. Family caregivers rely on in-home services to help them continue caring for loved ones at home.
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