Posted March 15, 2023
There are a number of states where home-based care providers are seeing the cost of employing caregivers and clinicians increase. California, Minnesota, and New York are examples of states where legislative changes have brought on higher wages.
At the start of 2023, at least 23 states increased their minimum hourly wages as part of their “fight for $15” efforts or to adjust for cost-of-living inflation. The increases, the Economic Policy Institute estimates, equate to over $5 billion in pay bumps for several million workers. In February, Sen. Durazo (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation that would bump up the minimum wage for health care workers statewide. If passed, it would raise wages to $25 per hour for nurses and caregivers in 2024.
“Women and workers of color who are the backbone of our health care system have been underpaid and devalued for decades,” Durazo said in a press statement. “They’ve risked their lives and health and are working multiple shifts only to take home poverty wages in understaffed facilities. We need to ensure that health care workers are paid livable wages so that everyone can have access to timely quality care.”
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