MARCH 7, 2017
EXPAND HEALTH COVERAGE FOR
DIRECT CARE WORKERS.
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.
Stephen Campbell Expertise: Aging and Long-Term Care Policy, Demographics and Projections, Health Coverage, Medicare and Medicaid, Wages and Benefits, Workforce Training
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