Listening to Family and Professional Caregivers in Placitas

Listening to Family and Professional Caregivers in Placitas

Listening to Family and Professional Caregivers from Placitas, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Jemez, Cochiti, Santo Domingo The New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition wants to hear from family and professional caregivers at: Las Placitas Presbyterian Church 7 Paseo de San Antonio Placitas, NM 87043 Saturday, November 16, 2013, 10:00 am – noon Our statewide coalition wants to hear from caregivers about issues in the workplace, resources you need and solutions you may have, like: Education, training and credentialing JOBS for caregivers Respect…

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Most Uninsured in NM Qualify for Subsidies

Nearly two thirds of New Mexicans who don’t have health insurance will be eligible for Medicaid or premium subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. According to a study Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nearly two thirds of New Mexicans who don’t have health insurance will be eligible for Medicaid or premium subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. Currently, 448,000 New Mexicans don’t have insurance. Of those, 219,000 will be eligible for Medicaid and 88,000 for subsidies under the…

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State-Run Health Insurance Exchanges Show Early Success

While the federal government has grabbed headlines for slow enrollment in its health insurance exchanges, many state-based marketplaces have quietly amassed thousands of completed applications for coverage. Smaller state-based exchanges in particular have shown early success, with Kentucky reporting 7,000 completed applications after two days, Hawaii posting totals of 1,200 in its first day and Connecticut announcing 1,000 since its exchange went online Oct. 1 along with most of the country. Meanwhile, the federal exchange serving as a marketplace for…

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State Legislators Seek Dialogue with Family and Professional Caregivers

State Legislators Seek Dialogue with Family and Professional Caregivers in Los Lunas (10/12/13) and Albuquerque (10/19/13) Senator Michael Padilla (D, Albuquerque) and Representative Kelly Fajardo (R, Belen) seek to hear from family and professional caregivers on challenges and solutions in caring for clients and family members. We request your participation in a two-hour conversation at one or both of these sessions: October 12, 2013 10:00 am – noon Center for Ageless Living 3216 Highway 47 South (just north of Cerro…

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Direct Caregivers Earn a Victory After Nearly 40 Years!

Dear Members and Friends, It’s a great day. After nearly 40 years of exclusion, direct caregivers are finally guaranteed basic labor protections under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday formally extended FLSA protections–including a guarantee of at least minimum wage and overtime pay–to direct caregivers nationwide, a designation that recognizes them as the valuable, professional workers they are!  New resources of the U.S. Department of Labor are already available about the ruling. Thank…

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NMDCC Instrumental in Minimum Wage & Overtime Protection to Caregivers

Obama administration seeking to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to cover home health care workers WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is seeking to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to cover home health care workers, a move that would boost living standards for nearly 2 million domestic employees but could mean higher costs for the elderly and disabled. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was expected to announce the proposal Thursday at a White House ceremony. Home care aids have been…

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New Mexico Caregivers Advocate for Quality Long-Term Care

New Mexico Caregiver-Advocates Helping to Shape Federal Policy Dear Members and Friends, Representatives of New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition (NMDCC) met recently with U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s staff on the critical and growing availability of affordable long-term services, and the need to support home and professional caregivers who do this crucial work. Caregivers are working with the New Mexico congressional delegation and state officials to develop policies to advance the field of direct care and the quality of care for…

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10 Tips To Help Say Goodbye To Caregiver Guilt

The daily stress a caregiver endures can be devastating. Especially if you’re considered to be the primary caregiver in the family and have limited time due to your job or other family responsibilities. The most common feeling “primary” family caregivers have toward aging loved ones is guilt. Guilt can be destructive, making one feel tired, weak and immobile. No matter how much you already do, there are most likely times when you tell yourself that you could do be doing…

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