Direct Care Quality Job Improvement Act

Direct Care Quality Job Improvement Act

The New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition supports the Direct Care Job Quality Improvement Act of 2011, now being considered by Congress (H.R. 2341). We asked agencies and caregivers throughout New Mexico to join us in a letter to members of the New Mexico congressional delegation. See the letter by Clicking Here. Direct care is one of the fastest growing professions in our nation, and investing in these jobs will help rebuild our national and local economy. This bill will extend…

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Nursing Homes Seek Exemptions from Health Care Law

<h3>It is an oddity of American health care: Many nursing homes and home care agencies do not provide health insurance to their workers.</h3> Or they pay wages so low that employees cannot afford the coverage that is offered. The new health care law is supposed to fix the problem by guaranteeing access to affordable coverage for all. But many nursing homes and home care agencies, alarmed at the cost of providing health insurance to hundreds of thousands of health care…

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Presidential Proclamation – National Family Caregivers Month

President Obama speaks on National Family Caregivers Month During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor the millions of Americans who give endlessly of themselves to provide for the health and well-being of a beloved family member. Through their countless hours of service to their families and communities, they are a shining example of our Nation’s great capacity to care for each other.

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Department of Labor Approves Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved National Guidelines The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has approved national guidelines for apprenticeship standards for the occupation of direct support professional.  These standards will enable employers to use ETA’s Registered Apprenticeship program to train workers for careers in the long-term care sector of the health care industry. More Information

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Support for Family Caregivers and the Direct Service Workforce

Learn about the goals and policy recommendations from the CMS Leadership Summit. Summarizes the goals and policy recommendations from the CMS Leadership Summit on the Direct Service Workforce and Family Caregivers, September 2010. Includes recommendations for improving recruitment and retention, training, quality of care and more. Download Report

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Direct-Care Workforce is Key to Improving Care for Elders

Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform has released a recent report. A recent report from the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at The Brookings Institution found several ways to improve care for elders.  On Direct care workers: “An investment in the direct-care workforce represents a key opportunity for improving integration between medical services and social supports,” the authors write. While “nearly half of the nation’s spending on long-term care services and supports” pays for these workers, this workforce is…

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