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Most In-Home Caregivers Receive Low Pay and No Protective Gear

Most In-Home Caregivers Receive Low Pay and No Protective Gear

Carnella Marks considers herself lucky. She lives in Chico and has some masks left over from the Camp Fire a few years ago. She’s using them to try and make sure she doesn’t catch coronavirus or pass it along to her 71 year-old father-in-law Albert, who she cares for. He lives with Marks, her husband, and her thirteen-year-old twins. Marks is an in-home support service (IHSS) worker in Butte County. Like many of the state’s half a million IHSS workers, she takes care of a family member. Mark’s father-in-law has a severe case of Alzheimer’s. He also has heart and […]

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Coronavirus relief checks are coming—How to get yours

Coronavirus relief checks are coming—How to get yours

Most of us are eligible for federal stimulus payments, but you may have to take action to receive it When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the $2.2 trillion package designed to help save lives and the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak,  was signed into law on March 27, the first question many of us had was: Do I qualify for a stimulus check? And, if so, how do I get it? For most working folks like us, the answer to the first question is yes, we qualify. If you are eligible, filed tax returns in 2018 […]

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Home health care workers worry as they care for clients amid coronavirus outbreak

Home health care workers worry as they care for clients amid coronavirus outbreak

When Camilla decided to study nursing at Concorde Career College in Denver, she did so because she wanted to help people recover from illnesses. She never imagined she’d be confronted with a global pandemic like COVID-19. “It’s a little terrifying for most of us because no one really knows how, not exactly how, it’s spread,” she said. “That’s not something you think about these days. I probably should have, but it was definitely not something I imagined and it’s not something that they brought up in class.” The 36-year-old home health care nurse is employed by a health care provider […]

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Protect IHSS and our communities-complete the 2020 Census

Protect IHSS and our communities-complete the 2020 Census

The coronavirus outbreak has shown us many good things about our country: The strength of family bonds, how to pull together as a community, and the importance of the hardworking people who perform essential services. But it has also pulled back the curtain to expose the widening holes of inequality that make emergencies like this more costly—and more deadly—to poor people and people of color. When this crisis passes, we will need to address the structural inequality that values some families over others. To do that, we are going to need an accurate count of the people and families in […]

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Gov. issues statewide order to “shelter in place”

Gov. issues statewide order to “shelter in place”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide “shelter in place” order in an effort to slow the spread of COVID 19 that goes into place at 12:00am on March 20, 2020. What this means: Californians should stay at home except for essential needs — you may still go out for groceries and gas, medical appointments, and trips to the bank, your pharmacy, or laundromat. Those who provide essential services, including IHSS, should continue to do our jobs. Unless you are sick or showing symptoms of infection, you should continue to care for your IHSS client. All public events and […]

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