State Bill Aiding Unionization in Home-Based Care Could ‘Set a Precedent’ Nationwide

Traditionally, the home-based care world has been mostly void of massive unionization efforts among its workers.

But that could change soon, thanks to a new ruling out of California related to “Assembly Bill 2455,” which the state passed in 2018. The bill aims to allow home-based care workers’ contact information to be unveiled, which gives unions the opportunity to contact workers on a more meaningful scale.

While the bill was passed a few years ago, home care associations have worked to block it, even filing suit in federal court. A federal district court heard dueling motions for summary judgment in the case earlier this month.

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Home Health News Roundup: Paramedics Making Home Visits, Upskilling Your Workers, and more!

A Sacramento Bee article outlining health care legislation in the California state legislature notes SB 944 would expand paramedic services under health care worker supervision: Firefighter paramedics could perform services such as home visits, tuberculosis therapy and transportation to mental health or sobering centers rather than to emergency rooms. Opponents of the bill, mainly nurses’…

Food as Home Health Care — California Funds Delivery of Healthy Food

The state of California is funding a three-year, $6 million project to test whether home delivery of healthy food will impact hospital readmission and long-term care referrals, according to the New York Times. Researchers from Stanford University, the University of California, and San Francisco will study whether nutritious food deliveries to 1000 patients with Type-2…

Moves to Boost Home Care Pay in California, Illinois

A shortage of home care workers and nurses in states like California and Illinois is leading some to propose significant pay increases for people who provide home care for the elderly and disabled. California In California, Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has proposed a 50 percent pay increase for home health nurses, as part of…