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Value the Care! No. 8: Extending FLSA to Home Care Aides: Impact on Medicaid-Funded Long-Term Services and Supports

November 1, 2013

This brief presents evidence suggesting that the costs of the upcoming expansion of federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers would be modest and that state Medicaid programs will be able to adapt. The brief discusses: rarity of overtime among workforce; 15 states that already provide these protections; and the use of scheduling and staffing practices to reduce overtime.

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Key Takeaways

Evidence suggests that the cost to Medicaid programs to implement FLSA will be limited.
Home care agencies can adjust scheduling practices to address costs while preserving continuity of care.
FLSA protections for home care workers strengthen the workforce and reduce turnover.
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