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The Impact of Recent State and Local Minimum Wage Increases on Nursing Facility Employment

Journal Article Wages & Benefits
November 18, 2022

This article takes an economic perspective on the impact of minimum wage increases and how it affects staffing of nursing aides in nursing homes in states with minimum wage increases between 2017-2019. Findings reveal that minimum wage increases increased hours that nursing assistants worked per resident day (HPRD). To see the original source, click here. 

Key Takeaways

Minimum wage hikes increased hours that nursing assistants worked in nursing facilities.
Facilities in states/localities with a higher minimum wage increased the number of days per month that they met 75% of the minimum staffing level of nursing assistants.
Raising the minimum wage postivily affects nursing assistant hours per resident day when a minimum of 75% of the residents in a nursing facility are have Medicaid coverage.

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