UDW in the News

We are hard at work to make sure that the issues that matter to caregivers and our families are covered in the media. This page will be updated frequently to include links, videos, and news articles that highlight caregivers and our clients and cover the issues that impact homecare in California.

Unions bring freedom to workers

Unions bring freedom to workers

Linda Rodriguez, The OC Register, October 18th 2017   An out-of-state organization called the Freedom Foundation is targeting workers in Orange County, including low-wage caregivers like me. They claim to help caregivers by educating us about our rights, but their true agenda is to gut unions and rollback basic worker protections. I have been caring for my 24-year-old daughter through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program since 2011. My daughter is quadriplegic and lives with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Thanks to IHSS I was able to quit my job — though I took a cut in pay — to give […]

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Slashing Medicaid will destroy lives like this one in Stanislaus County

Slashing Medicaid will destroy lives like this one in Stanislaus County

Elissa McBride, ModBee, August 3 Two weeks before the car accident that changed her life, 32-year-old Helena Cardona of Newman had been promoted to supervisor at her job as a fork-lift operator. She was a workaholic, often taking 12- or even 15-hour shifts. She loved to bowl and play softball. But when the driver of a truck ran a stop sign and hit her car, Elena’s spine was severed. She’s paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair with no hope of walking again. The workaholic can’t work. She can’t play softball. She struggles with tasks that used […]

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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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