Washington News Service | January 9, 2023
There is a shortage of in-home caregivers in Washington state, but a union representing workers hopes state lawmakers will be able to make changes this session.
SEIU 775, which represents individual in-home caregivers in the state, is asking lawmakers to fully fund the home care rate for workers who have clients on Medicaid, which would bring their starting wages to more than $21 per hour.
Gwen Goodfellow, an individual in-home care provider and member of SEIU 775, said the change would benefit workers and their children.
«Fully funding that rate would make the wages competitive, and it would also allow for dependent care coverage, which we don’t have right now,» Goodfellow pointed out.