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Impacts of Minimum Wage Increases on Nursing Homes: Final Report

Report Wages & Benefits
June 1, 2020

This project had two objectives to understand the potential impacts of minimum wage increases on nursing homes. First, the authors examined how current wage levels relate to nurse staffing patterns in nursing homes on a national level. Second, they investigated the effects of potential minimum wage increases, particularly the financial impacts that different wage-level increases could have on nursing homes nationally and in select states.

Key Takeaways

Nursing homes employ large proportions of their workforce at the minimum wage.
An increased federal minimum wage would result in large proportions of nursing assistants gaining a wage increase.
There are a number of ways that different nursing home stakeholders could respond to an increased minimum wage.

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