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UDW caregivers in San Diego win much-needed raise in new agreement with the County

UDW caregivers in San Diego win much-needed raise in new agreement with the County

On Friday morning members of the UDW bargaining team reached a Tentative Agreement with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The agreement, which still needs to be approved by union members, includes a much-needed wage increase for those who provide care through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS), and enough money to effectively eliminate the county waiting list for health insurance and lower all Kaiser premiums to just $30/month. “We’re excited,” said bargaining team member and UDW President Editha Adams, who cares for her teenaged daughter who lives with chronic lung disease and systematic scleroderma. “This will make […]

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How Will The American Health Care Act Affect Home Health Care Workers?

How Will The American Health Care Act Affect Home Health Care Workers?

Insight With Beth Ruyak, Capital Public Radio, May 17, 2017 Journalist Paul Tullis shares his latest feature for Capital & Main on how the American Health Care Act would impact home health care workers. Also joining is Bonnie Kerlew, a retired Department of Defense Nurse who has now raising Jaime, a young man suffering from cerebral palsy. Kerlew is concerned Jaime will lose the funding he needs for his health care costs because of the AHCA replacement, she’s the principle character in Tullis’ story. You can listen to the radio interview here.

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Can California’s Most Vulnerable Survive Obamacare’s Replacement?

Can California’s Most Vulnerable Survive Obamacare’s Replacement?

Paul Tullis, Capital and Main, May 12, 2017 When Bonnie Kerlew retired from her job as a nurse at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in 2005, she wanted to continue helping others. She eventually became guardian to a boy with cerebral palsy, whose family she had been helping, and today she cares for him by herself eight hours a day, plus weekends, in Oceanside. “After I got to be his guardian, his case worker came to me and asked why I wasn’t on IHSS,” Kerlew recalls. In-Home Supportive Services is a state program, administered by California’s 58 counties, […]

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Jaime’s Story: Left Behind by the American Health Care Act

Jaime’s Story: Left Behind by the American Health Care Act

By Marco Amador, Capital & Main, May 12, 2017 The American Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives, and supported by President Trump, would cause millions to lose their health care. Among those at greatest risk are severely disabled children, who depend on Medicaid for themselves and their caretakers.  

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Protecting IHSS and our loved ones in 2017

Protecting IHSS and our loved ones in 2017

­­UDW caregivers are strong advocates for our IHSS clients – seniors and people with disabilities. That’s why every year we sponsor and support legislation that will protect and improve the IHSS program as well as the quality of life for IHSS providers and our clients. We also support legislation that promotes social justice and improves the lives of working families in our communities. BILLS WE ARE SPONSORING BILLS WE ARE SUPPORTING OPPOSE BILLS

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