Nearly half of states now using Medicaid to boost direct-care pay

Nov 4, 2022 | State Mandates & Medicaid

Nearly half of states now using Medicaid to boost direct-care pay

At least 19 states are actively implementing strategies to address direct care worker wages through reporting and/or enforcement mechanisms, a report issued this week by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices found.

“Although many healthcare providers have received rate increases through temporary federal COVID-19 relief and state funding, only a limited number of states have policies to ensure funds are passed on to direct care workers,” the report stated. “The direct care workforce represents a critical component of the United States employment market, yet pay remains low. States have taken a variety of actions through provider rate increases and minimum wage policies through the Medicaid program as two strategies to address recruitment and retention.”

Medicaid is the largest payer for facility-based and home and community based settings care, paying for 42.1% of all long-term services and supports in 2020. 

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McKnights

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November 4, 2022

SOURCE

Bush, Joe. “Nearly Half of States Now Using Medicaid to Boost Direct-care Pay.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 4 Nov. 2022, www.mcknights.com/news/nearly-half-of-states-now-using-medicaid-to-boost-direct-care-pay.