Fall 2017 Caregiver

We won 195 more hours for my son – and $21,000

We won 195 more hours for my son - and $21,000

My son Alexis was born with severe Down Syndrome, and I have been his care provider for the past 12 years. When we first applied for IHSS, Alexis was only awarded 26 hours per month, even though he requires round-the-clock care. So I contacted our union’s advocacy council and the caregivers there helped me win more hours for my son. With their help, I got proper documentation from my doctor and, after helping me with some issues we were having with our social worker, we applied for an appeal. We not only won a total of 221 hours for my […]

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Update: Threats to IHSS funding continue

Update: Threats to IHSS funding continue

UDW caregivers are still fighting cuts to Medicaid and IHSS This year, we have faced numerous threats to our health care at the federal level. All of these threats have included drastic cuts to Medicaid, which funds over half of the IHSS program our clients depend on. That’s why UDW has fought back against every attempt to repeal health care and cut Medicaid. Our members have joined working people across the country, making thousands of calls, writing letters, and turning out to protests and town hall meetings to demand our representatives protect our care. But the threats keep coming—and will […]

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Electronic Timesheets Roll Out Statewide

Electronic Timesheets Roll Out Statewide

Dear UDW members, The electronic timesheet option UDW members fought for is now a reality and making a positive impact on the lives of caregivers across the state. Though the program is still new and some IHSS providers are more comfortable sticking with the paper timesheet option, many of our members are reporting an easy online sign up process, smooth electronic timesheet filing and—best of all—faster paychecks. UDW members pushed for the electronic option because the paper system is riddled with problems that often lead to paycheck delays. And many of us wanted the option to file our timesheets without […]

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Does your client need more IHSS hours?

Does your client need more IHSS hours?

Your client’s monthly IHSS hours are based on a social worker’s assessment of the kinds of care they need and guidelines on how long this care should take. But this assessment may not reflect all the work you do for your client, or all the hours of care they truly need. To find out if your client is eligible for more hours, you first need to record all the hours you work for them. Track everything you’re doing down to the minute, from tying shoes to changing bed linens. Then, fill out the worksheet, provided by Disability Rights California, which […]

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