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Veto won’t stop push for justice for family caregivers

Veto won't stop push for justice for family caregivers

By Cathyleen Williams, The San Diego Union-Tribune, October 7, 2016 When my son Caleb passed away in March, I thought I lost everything. But shortly after I lost Caleb, I came close to losing even more. I was Caleb’s mother, but I was also his home care provider — Caleb was born with a congenital heart defect that we battled his entire life. His highly specialized care was my full-time job, and I was paid for my work through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. Like any other job, care providers employed through IHSS have some of their wages […]

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Governor’s veto of in-home caregiver loophole bill disappoints Barstow mother

Governor’s veto of in-home caregiver loophole bill disappoints Barstow mother

By Beau Yarbrough, The San Bernardino Sun, October 1, 2016 SACRAMENTO >> Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed Assembly Bill 1930, which would have looked at the benefits that in-home caregivers receive — or don’t receive — two months after the State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved it. “I was disappointed and it hurt me,” said Barstow resident Cathyleen Williams, who spent nine years as an in-home caregiver for her son, Caleb, but who now is broke and unable to find full-time work after her son’s death in March. And under a loophole in state law, in-home caregivers who provide […]

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Gov. Brown vetoes home care bill

Gov. Brown vetoes home care bill

By Mike Lamb, Desert Dispatch, September 30, 2016 SACRAMENTO — A Barstow mother’s quest to provide a financial safety net for in-home supportive services home-care providers suffered a setback on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk Friday. Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 1930, which was written to set a path to Social Security, unemployment and other basic benefits for home-care providers of a spouse or child. If signed into law, it would have established the IHSS Family Caregiver Benefits Advisory Committee to study the financial impact exclusion from these benefits has had on the estimated 86,000 home care workers who currently go without. […]

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Caregivers to Governor Brown: We deserve security!

Caregivers to Governor Brown: We deserve security!

“It makes you feel like a second-class citizen,” said Claire Kaufman, an IHSS provider for her daughter, Katie, who lives with autism in El Dorado County. Claire was reacting to Governor Brown’s decision today to veto Assembly Bill 1930. Like nearly 86,000 other parent and spouse providers, Claire was hoping the governor would do the right thing and put providers on a path to securing Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment pay—basic safety net benefits that IHSS providers who care for their child or spouse are currently excluded from. This year our union UDW sponsored AB 1930, and caregivers shared our […]

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Mother Who Cared For Terminally Ill Son Fights For Benefits Law

Mother Who Cared For Terminally Ill Son Fights For Benefits Law

CBS Los Angeles, September 2, 2016 BARSTOW — Nine-year old Caleb spent his entire life struggling to live with a terminal heart defect. His mom Cathyleen Williams of Barstow says caring for him was a 24-7 job. “Caleb had his first open heart when he was 6 days old, that’s where it all began,” Williams said. Williams quit her teaching position to care for him and under a state-run program she received benefits. However, when Caleb passed away in March, the paychecks stopped. “Caleb died and all my finances in a moment, my whole world, crumbled.” Even though Williams paid taxes on the money she […]

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