Health and Human Services

Consumer Directed Care

In states like California, Medicaid consumers who qualify for home-health care hours have the option to receive a monetary allotment from the state to pay their caregivers as they see fit. This should be in every state. I should be able to pay my long-term employees more than my trainees because I value that my long-term employees have stayed with me. I also should be able to give bonuses within my allotment when my employees go above and beyond for me. As it is right now, the state pays my caregivers a flat-rate and offers no paid vacation, benefits, or raises. In Ohio, the ability to find excellent independent providers has suffered greatly which means I struggle to find dependable people. I am an intelligent woman in the workforce who happens to have a disability which requires home-health care. I am more than capable of managing my employees payroll.

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Idea No. 55