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Fair Pay for Quality Care in North Carolina: Fair Wages for Home Care Workers Ensure Economic Stability and Increase Continuity of Care

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July 29, 2015

This report argues that raising wages for North Carolina’s home care workers would improve the quality of care and the state’s overall economic health.. The author notes that North Carolina’s 65-and-older population will more than double by 2050, and that direct-care jobs such as (home care jobs) are among the fastest-growing in the state. In addition to raising caregiver wages, the report also suggests raising the state’s Medicaid reimbursement rates and expanding Medicaid.

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Key Takeaways

"Fair wages for home care workers ensure economic stability, increase continuity of care, and strengthen the local economy."
"Low wages increase worker turnover, increase long-run costs for providers, and interrupt the continuity of care for consumers."
"As our state rapidly ages, the need for this vital work force is increasing."
 
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