Budget & Legislation

UDW is the home care providers union and the voice of caregivers in the State Capitol. We are fighting together for the issues that matter most to us and our clients: ending cuts to IHSS client hours, fighting restrictions to overtime and provider hours, expanding paid IHSS services and more. Read our 2017 legislative scorecard here!

UDW members demand lawmakers protect our privacy from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

On Tuesday, February 13, we joined IHSS providers from SEIU 2015 in a rally and lobby day at the California State Capitol. Together, we had a clear message for lawmakers: Protect the privacy and dignity of caregivers and our clients from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). We wanted legislators to know that we have serious concerns like: How will it work? Will it invade my or my client’s private lives? How much will it cost? These are important questions about the federally-mandated implementation of EVV that have yet to be decided by the state. That’s why we were at the capitol—and […]

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UDW opposes Congress’ latest attempt to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

UDW opposes Congress’ latest attempt to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

Leaders in Congress have introduced new legislation to water down the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The bill, HR 620, is designed to let business owners off the hook for ADA compliance, allowing them to ignore accessibility issues until there are complaints and creating hurdles for anyone who complains. This puts the burden for accessibility back onto people with disabilities, just like the bad old days before the ADA. The signing of the ADA in 1990 was a pivotal moment for disability rights. The ADA, which guarantees certain types of disability accommodations and other protections, led to a new era […]

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

The 21st Century CURES Act, federal legislation signed into law in December 2016, includes a small provision that could have big consequences for home care providers and our clients. The provision requires states that have Medicaid-funded personal care services programs like IHSS and WPCS to adopt an Electronic Visit Verification system (EVV) in their programs starting January 1, 2019, or face a reduction in federal funding. EVV systems electronically monitor the care we provide to our clients in their homes, including: Location of service delivery Date of service Start and end times of the service Type of service performed Individual […]

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Silver Alerts can help IHSS clients who go missing

Silver Alerts can help IHSS clients who go missing

Do you know what a Silver Alert is? It’s like an Amber Alert, but instead of a warning system for missing children, it alerts law enforcement, media and the public when a senior or a person with developmental disabilities or cognitive impairment goes missing. As caregivers, many of our clients or loved ones fit that description, so UDW members have been at the forefront of statewide efforts to ensure the safety of vulnerable people like the ones for whom we care. This year, we sponsored a bill, SCR 64, that designated September 2017 as Silver Alert Community Education Month. On […]

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New Health Care Repeal bill threatens Medicaid and IHSS

New Health Care Repeal bill threatens Medicaid and IHSS

Earlier this year UDW and working people across the country stood up and successfully stopped multiple health care repeal bills. We protected IHSS and Medicaid from cuts that would harm our clients and loved ones. The message sent to Congress was millions of voices strong: Protect Medicaid. Don’t cut our care. Now they need to hear our voices again. Congress is working to pass a federal budget and a new health care repeal legislation that would make even worse cuts to Medicaid and home care in California. The new legislation is being rushed through Congress to beat a September 30 […]

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