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Amid Pandemic States Nursing Home Workers Will Get Extra Pay

By Laura Krantz April 14, 2020 After pressure from desperately understaffed nursing homes, state officials on Tuesday said they will soon grant the facilities permission to boost some workers’ pay by 25 percent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus rips through the state, the jobs of nursing home staff have become newly hazardous. The virus has infected not only elderly residents but also workers, in one case killing a nurse. As workers go out sick or stay home due to fear, facilities have struggled to retain staff, especially the low-paid nursing aides who earn barely more than minimum wage. The state’s decision to increase nursing ...

Nursing home question carrying $272 million cost

By Colin A. Young Jan 28, 2020 Supporter after supporter testified Tuesday in favor of a potential 2020 ballot question updating rates paid by state government to nursing homes, leading Sen. Patricia Jehlen to question where the money to pay the new, higher rates would come from. “Who’s going to pay for this? We don’t have hundreds of millions of dollars unspent in the commonwealth,” Jehlen, the Senate co-chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, said. “If we reject every tax opportunity before us and we accept all of the responsibility ahead of us, how is that going to balance out?” Jehlen was reacting to the estimate from ...