Homecare & IHSS

California must act now to protect IHSS providers and clients during COVID-19 crisis

California must act now to protect IHSS providers and clients during COVID-19 crisis

As a union of over 116,000 home care providers, we are truly frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the world and changing all of our daily lives. IHSS providers work in the homes of high-risk individuals—and many of us are high risk ourselves. Many of us can’t “shelter in place”, practice “social distancing” or simply stay at home and wait it out; our clients are depending on us and we can’t afford to go unpaid. That’s why UDW is responding to this emergency by calling on the state of California to take immediate, direct action to address […]

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United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal

United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO-The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union of 110,000 California home care workers, issued the following statement in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Budget Proposal on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS): “We support Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to restore the 7 percent cut to California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program through 2021. IHSS allows low income seniors and people with disabilities to live at home safely and with dignity at a much lower cost than institutionalization.” “However, UDW caregivers look forward to working with the Legislature and the Governor to permanently restore the 7% cut once and for all. IHSS […]

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ACT NOW: New Attack Threatens Your Health Insurance

ACT NOW: New Attack Threatens Your Health Insurance

A proposed federal rule change will prevent IHSS providers from paying for our health insurance and union dues out of our own paychecks—meaning you could lose your health care if you don’t act now. This rule change not only jeopardizes our health care, it also threatens our ability to come together in a strong union to fight for IHSS and the clients we serve. We have less than 30 days to make our voices heard. MAKE YOURS HEARD TODAY. We have fought hard to earn health insurance through our union and we can’t let this proposed rule change threaten our care. […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Trump Administration’s anti-labor agenda threatens home care for millions of Americans

PRESS RELEASE: Trump Administration’s anti-labor agenda threatens home care for millions of Americans

New rule could endanger low-income seniors and people with disabilities and the caregivers they rely on For Immediate Release | July 12, 2018 | Contact Margitte Kristjansson: 619-548-4304. Yesterday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule change that would prohibit unionized home care workers from paying their union dues directly from their own paychecks. The rule change is based on an incorrect characterization of how dues are collected from in-home care providers who work for programs that are partially-funded by Medicaid, and the 30-day comment period allotted for this proposed rule means that the Trump Administration […]

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UPDATE: What you need to know right now about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

UPDATE: What you need to know right now about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

A federal law has mandated that all states implement Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Medicaid-funded personal care services programs like IHSS starting January 1, 2019—or else lose significant funding. Providers and clients have been very worried about what EVV will be like: Will it endanger our privacy? Will it create lots of extra work in our already busy days? UDW caregivers have been active in opposing a burdensome EVV system, and have been sharing our fears and concerns about EVV to the California Department of Social Services (DSS). And it appears our hard work is paying off. The state announced […]

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