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Biden Home Health Goals Come Up Short in State Spending Plans

June 30, 2021, 9:01 AM

A one-time infusion of cash for state home health programs will fund worker bonuses and training without meeting the Biden administration’s goal of bolstering wages and benefits in the industry, proposals in six states show.

President Joe Biden has proposed injecting the home and community-based services industry with $400 billion, mostly through Medicaid. Biden wants to boost wages for home health workers—who currently make about $13 per hour, often without benefits—and cut down years-long wait lists for in-home care for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Democrats Seek to Advance Biden Home-Care Plan Via Medicaid Cash

An in-home nurse cares for a woman recovering from Covid-19 at her home on May 6, 2020, in Baltimore.
Photo: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

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