Home Health Care Industry Reacts to Illinois Raising its Minimum Wage

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 6:35 PM

This week, Illinois joined numerous states with a new law to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.  For caregivers, the move is applauded as 25% of them live below the poverty line.  Industry leaders, on the other hand, are worried that home health reimbursement will likely lag. 

“A $15 minimum wage means reduced worker turnover and more dependable caregivers and service workers who aren’t working two or three jobs to survive,” Greg Kelley — president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, a union of health care, child care, home care and nursing home workers — told Home Health Care News in a statement. “A higher minimum wage also attracts other qualified workers to our professions.”

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