Opinion: Confusion abounds for those who receive home care

Suzanne Bates
Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is a writer living in South Windsor with her family. She has worked for news organizations including the Associated Press, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Good Morning America Weekend. She recently completed a research fellowship at the Yankee Institute. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.

Elderly and disabled people are confused as they wait for the state to explain how they will receive the same level of care while paying higher union-negotiated wages to their personal care attendants (PCAs).

This week I spoke to a woman (she asked that I not use her name or the name of her loved one who receives care) who was trying to figure out whether the recent Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court decision meant she could continue in the current contract between her and the PCAs she employs on behalf of her loved one. Short answer: it doesn’t.

She was told by Allied Community Resources, one of the quasi-public agencies that oversees payment of PCAs for the state, that the PCAs Medicaid rate is $15.16 an hour, which is the around $12-an-hour minimum wage negotiated for PCAs, plus union dues and other taxes

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