Tri-Caucus Members Raise Concerns About Proposed Change in Medicaid Reimbursements
Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Monday led a bicameral letter raising concerns about a rule change proposed by the Trump Administration last month that could severely hurt home care workers. Union dues are currently deducted from the Medicaid reimbursements workers receive as payment for services they provide. A rule change proposed by the Trump administration last month, however, would threaten to limit the ability of home care workers to maintain or access health care, worker protections, and other benefits they accrue from union membership. In a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, the lawmakers raised specific concerns about the disparate impact this rule change could have on women and communities of color, given the fact that more than 90% of home care workers are women and more than 50% are people of color. "We are concerned that the Administration’s proposed rule may make it more difficult for independent home care workers to join together in unions and improve their jobs," the letter reads. "Rather than create barriers that may further disenfranchise home care workers from having a voice about their jobs and workplace, we should be developing policies to help empower these workers to receive fair compensation for the essential services they provide." More here.