Spring 2017 Caregiver

The President’s Report, Spring 2017

Dear Fellow IHSS Providers, We have had a busy few months! Together, we rallied against the Republican led assault on the Affordable Care Act. We made more than 3,000 calls to our local elected officials and helped take their replacement bill off the table. We haven’t stopped either! We have continued to call and keep the pressure on to ensure affordable health care is here to stay. I ask you to stay vigilant and remain active in opposing these damaging changes to the health care system. Keep calling and keep encouraging your friends and family to call. We have proved […]

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Low-cost insurance for the whole family

Low-cost insurance for the whole family

As a UDW member, you can save over $2,400 a year with benefits like our low-cost dental insurance through Dental Health Services. Get coverage for as low as $18/month ($50 for the whole family), and enjoy low copayments, no deductibles or waiting periods, orthodontic coverage, and a quality network of local dental offices. Want to learn more? Call 1-877-890-7023 or visit www.dentalhealthservices.com/udw. UDW members can also: Earn a FREE degree through our AFSCME Free College Benefit Save on prescriptions with the members-only WellCard Get a FREE $4000 death and dismemberment policy through American Income Life Get discounts on cell phone […]

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Audit of IHSS payroll confirms providers face challenges with getting paid

Audit of IHSS payroll confirms providers face challenges with getting paid

IHSS providers have been plagued with late timesheets and paychecks for years. In March, the State Auditor released a report on their audit of the IHSS payroll system, confirming what we already know to be true — the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) could be doing a lot more to help providers avoid paycheck delays. Some of the audit’s recommendations for CDSS: Change the timesheet rules so that a provider’s work week matches their pay period — reducing errors that lead to longer processing times Monitor the system more closely to identify problems and correct errors right away Develop […]

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Real Consquences

Real Consquences

“Losing IHSS would be emotionally devastating — and it could also uproot our lives,” said Wanda Quinones, a caregiver in Kern County for her son Josue, who lives with cerebral palsy. “We may have to move to Puerto Rico.We don’t have health care there, but it may be easier to get by financially than staying here.” Wanda chose home care for Josue because she wanted him to feel safe and comfortable. “I bathe him, cut his hair, prepare his meals, take him to all his appointments, and every other daily task,” she said.  “I don’t feel comfortable leaving him with […]

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IHSS in Danger

Federal changes could mean cuts to home care and our benefits After months of fighting to protect IHSS from cuts, UDW caregivers celebrated in March when the Republican led Congress was unable to pass a health care repeal bill that would have made drastic cuts to the federal Medicaid program and IHSS. To stop this effort, UDW caregivers made over 3,000 calls to Congress and attended town hall meetings across the state. The failure of the health care repeal bill was a major victory, but we know Congress will try again — putting IHSS in serious danger. In addition, the […]

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