Tell Congress to Act Now!
Pass the Direct Care Job Quality Improvement Act
Despite providing care and services that help millions of elderly and people living with disabilities to maintain their dignity and autonomy, most direct care workers receive low wages, little or no benefits, and insufficient training and professional development. As a result, this profession is plagued by high turnover rates that compromise the quality of care for the people they serve.
Because more than 75 percent of long-term care is financed by federal programs, government needs to be part of the solution. The Direct Care Job Quality Improvement Act, which has been introduced into Congress as H.R. 2341 and S. 1273, will help create a stable, valued direct care workforce and increase the quality of care for millions of Americans.
The Direct Care Job Quality Improvement Act will:
Read more about the Direct Care Job Quality Improvement Act, download a list of organizations that support the bill, and learn why we need to oppose a proposed bill that would deny home care workers basic labor protections.
Direct from the Headlines
- The New York Times on why the President must enact the home care rule
- DCA's David Ward on investing in direct care jobs to strengthen our economy
- The Huffington Post on the need to grant home care workers minimum wage and overtime pay
- NPR on home health aides: In Demand, Yet Paid Little
- Immigrants key to looming home health aide shortage, says NPR
- DCA's David Ward on closing the circle of care for our veterans
- DCA's Helen Hanson's Bangor Daily News op-ed on why we need the rule
- Home care franchises fighting the rule are protecting healthy profits, says USA Today