Archive for June, 2013

Get Covered America is Launching This Week

Posted by on June 17th, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Comments Off on Get Covered America is Launching This Week

GCAOn October 1, 2013, health insurance exchanges will launch across the country. These exchanges will provide people without health insurance with a one-stop shop to compare health plans, determine eligibility for insurance subsidies and Medicaid, and to get covered. This is a very exciting development for the nearly one million direct care workers that are currently without health insurance and is why DCA will be launching a campaign to educate direct care workers and businesses that employ direct care workers about the options that are available to them.

As a part of our effort to make sure that every uninsured direct care worker has the information they need to decide what’s best for them, DCA is partnering with Enroll America and many other organizations across the country. This week, Enroll America is launching Get Covered America to kick off this historic effort to get the word out and make sure that every American has affordable health care.  You can learn more about Get Covered America by participating in its virtual strategy session this Thursday, June 20 at 8 pm ET. Click here to register for the event.

Also, be sure to stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information about DCA’s campaign to get direct care workers covered.

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Let’s Give Home Care Workers Reason to Celebrate FLSA

Posted by on June 17th, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Comments Off on Let’s Give Home Care Workers Reason to Celebrate FLSA

FDR SigningTuesday, June 25th marks the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This landmark law restricted child labor, gave American workers the 40-hour work week, set a minimum wage and required overtime pay when people worked over 40 hours in a week. Its immense popularity has led to repeated amendments by Congress to expand protections to workers who were previously excluded. In other words, there’s a lot for us to celebrate.

We at DCA can’t think of a better way to celebrate FLSA’s 75th anniversary than by extending minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. That’s why we are celebrating DCA members like Shirley Bitner of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania – who at 77, was born prior to the enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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My Elder’s Changing Life

Posted by on June 4th, 2013 at 7:20 am | 6 Comments »

empty_roomThere are times when I drive somewhere, go into a neighborhood and am very envious of the cozy atmosphere that I will work in. That’s what happened when I started working with a gracious lady in Brunswick, Maine. If I were to move anywhere, it would be Brunswick. The Main Street says it all.

But the more important connection happened as I got to know my client. lt is joyous when I find an elder who shares my beliefs, values and hobbies, and gratifying when someone has new things to teach me. I learned about my elder’s religious beliefs and her life story while bonding with her little dog, a sheltie. Continue reading »

A Meeting of the Minds on Facebook

Posted by on June 4th, 2013 at 6:55 am | Comments Off on A Meeting of the Minds on Facebook

I want to thank everyone who joined me last Thursday for a live chat on Facebook. I could feel your passion about our issues in the thoughtful and probing questions you asked. You left me with a lot to think about!

Click here for a transcript of our conversation.