“Providers demand tax credit to help New Yorkers fund home care,” by Diane Eastabrook, McKnight’s Home Care
“A new pay increase for New York home care workers could make it even tougher for middle-income New Yorkers to afford care, according to the Home Care Association of America. That is why HCAOA is urging the New York Legislature to pass a tax credit to middle-income seniors who don’t qualify for Medicaid and Medicare services to help pay for home care services. … A report last year found 74% of seniors and people with disabilities were unable to retain home care workers due to a dearth of home care aides. The report stated that more than half of caregivers who quit the industry cited low pay as the reason. Nearly 10% of consumers said it took them more than a year to hire a caregiver, which was eight times the statewide rate in 2016.”
LTC Comment, Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform:
New York’s wide open, 24-hour-per-day access to Medicaid funded home care finally caught up with the state. Having anesthetized the public to LTC risk and cost, the Empire State tries to make budget ends meet somehow. Live by the dole, die by the dole.
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