POLICY ALERT:  Effective October 13, 2017, New York State’s Home Care Worker Wage Parity Law will be applicable to Personal Assistants providing home care and related services through the Medicaid CDPAS program.  The Wage Parity Law establishes a minimum rate of compensation for any home care aide providing services that is paid for by a government agency.

The Wage Parity Law is already applicable to other categories of home care aides, including home health aides, personal care aides and home attendants employed by certified home health agencies, long term home health care programs and managed care plans.  The requirement to pay more to home care aides means that the “overhead” costs of providing care will increase.

If State funding of the Medicaid program does not also increase, this creates an incentive for managed care plans and their vendors to limit home care service hours.  This has negative consequences for the people in need of care, and for the people who earn their living providing it.

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