California Healthline: Home Care Providers, Recipients Make Push To Be Included in Budget Deals

by David Gorn

Home health care workers yesterday rallied at the capitol building, trying to sway legislators and the governor to include their concerns in pending budget decisions.

In particular, home care workers and recipients want allotted hours to return to pre-cut levels for In-Home Supportive Services and to stop implementation of a cap on overtime hours.

“Those are the two big budget acts for this year,” said Kristina Bas Hamilton, director of budget and policy for the United Domestic Workers union. Last year, the Legislature instituted an 8% cut in IHSS hours, she said.

“This year, 1% of that cut is automatically restored in July, per the terms of a lawsuit settlement,” Bas Hamilton said. “We’re asking for the additional 7% to be restored, as well.”

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