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BusinessWeek: Wage Debate Continues for Home Health Workers

The debate over minimum wage in the home health care industry continues, as the most recent critics prove to be an unlikely group to criticize the movement: disability rights advocates, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports.

The article follows the Department of Labor’s decision earlier this month to delay enforcement of its new rule extending minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers.

But critics of the new rule include Ari Ne’eman, a White House appointee to the National Council on Disability, who argues that raising wages for home care workers without increasing the amount of government money available to pay for them will cut the number of hours disabled and elderly people spend with aides.

“In the absence of an increase in Medicaid funding to cover those costs, we are going to see people with disabilities have our services reduced in quantity and quality,” says Ne’eman, who is president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

 

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