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Looking for the answer to America’s long-term care crisis? Listen to caregivers.

Looking for the answer to America’s long-term care crisis? Listen to caregivers.

Doug Moore, Huffington Post, November 1, 2017 Caregiving is not easy. Home care workers—those who provide in-home care to seniors, people with disabilities, and people who live with chronic and long-term illnesses—work around the clock to ensure that their clients and loved ones can have dignity and comfort and receive quality care in their own homes. For the over 100,000 home care providers who make up the United Domestic Workers of America, UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, caregiving means performing life-sustaining services as well as basic personal care; everything from maintaining breathing tubes to brushing teeth. And for family caregivers, it is […]

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

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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UDW Condemns Trump’s decision to destroy the American dream for DACA recipients

Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an attack on American values that will tear apart 800,000 families across the country and wreak havoc on our economy. UDW condemns this hateful move by the Trump administration and calls on Congress to immediately take action to preserve the DACA program and protect the DREAMers—those who, like many UDW members and our neighbors and loved ones, came to this country as children. UDW caregivers provide vital in-home care for a half million seniors and Californians with disabilities so that they can remain in their homes and in our communities. […]

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