Home health aides want respect as essential workers
Why it matters: Most home health aides have no benefits, like Medicaid, and earn $10 to $13 an hour on average, which they say barely covers the cost of traveling to and from their house calls.
- The Biden administration’s jobs plan would raise wages for these workers, who “have been underpaid and undervalued for too long.”
What they’re saying: “We are part of the healthcare system, but by name only, not based on our access to rights,” health aide Orbelina del Carmen tells Noticias Telemundo.
- Del Carmen has no health coverage and got COVID-19 while on her job.