Health Care

Nursing home workers rally for raised minimum wage

Date: 
November 11, 2015

Nursing home jobs should be living wage jobs

Date: 
November 11, 2015

Nursing home workers rally on Public Square call for $15 starting wage

Date: 
November 10, 2015

 Nursing home workers rally on Public Square call for $15 starting wage First Posted: 10:51 pm - November 10th, 2015

Nurses, caregivers rally for higher wages

Date: 
November 10, 2015

Nurses, caregivers rally for higher wages

November 10, 2015 

Low-wage PA nursing home workers rely on public assistance

Date: 
November 6, 2015
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Nursing home workers rally on Public Square call for $15 starting wage

Date: 
November 10, 2015
Nursing home workers rally on Public Square call for $15 starting wage First Posted: 10:51 pm - November 10th, 2015 By Steve Mocarsky - smocarsky@timesleader.com

Nursing Home Jobs That Pay

Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
November 5, 2015


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Executive Summary

Nursing home work is largely publicly financed through Medicaid and Medicare, and the industry is profitable in Pennsylvania. Nursing home staff members in Pennsylvania, however, continue to struggle to make ends meet. They have joined the growing national movement demanding a minimum wage of $15 per hour and an end to state-funded corporate welfare.

“Double-Subsidized” Pa. Nursing Homes Don’t Pay Living Wage: Many Workers in Publicly Funded Industry Need Public Assistance to Make Ends Meet

$15 per Hour Minimum Nursing Home Wage Would Boost Quality of Care and Be Affordable to Industry
Date of Press Release: 
April 13, 2015

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Many nursing home workers in Pennsylvania earn wages so low they must resort to public assistance to make ends meet and support their families. These low wages also contribute to high staff turnover, which disrupts the caregiver-resident relationship and affects care, a new study by the Keystone Research Center found. Meanwhile, the nursing home industry, largely taxpayer-funded through Medicaid and Medicaid, remains profitable and can afford to pay living wages.

Double Trouble: Taxpayer-Subsidized Low-Wage Jobs in Pennsylvania Nursing Homes

Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
April 13, 2015

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Executive Summary

Pennsylvania is an aging state and getting older – our state has the fourth-highest 85-plus age group, a group that is expected to grow by more than 400,000 by 2030. Many of these older Pennsylvanians will need nursing home care at some point in their lives.

Census Data: Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Falls Amid Middle Class Struggles

Authors: 
Mark Price
Publication Date: 
September 14, 2012

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By Michael Wood, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, & Mark Price, Keystone Research Center