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The High Cost of Devaluing Direct Care Work

Report Expanding Access & Cultural Competence
April 26, 2023

This report provides a comprehensive picture of the issues facing the direct care workforce in Maine and points out the impacts that these issues have on the health care system, families, workers, clients, and the state government. To see the original source, click here.

Key Takeaways

Failure to support the direct care workforce in Maine has resulted in many people having to leave the labor force to care for their loved ones.
Undervaluing the direct care workforce in Maine has had a significant negative impact on the economic stability of the state through reduced tax revenue and higher health care expenditures.
The main onus for improving wages and subisidies for Maine families to be able to afford care is on the state government.

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