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Many California Caregivers for the Poor are Poor Themselves, UCLA Finds

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 16, 2012
Researchers used data from 2009 and found that more than half of the people paid by Medi-Cal to take care of low-income elderly and disabled Californians are living in poverty, or close to it.
They say these workers are likely with In-Home Supportive Services - doing household chores for fragile people, helping them stay clean and healthy.
HOFFMAN: "In many cases, they lacked access to basic necessities."
Geoffrey Hoffman is with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
He co-authored the report supported by a labor organization about the Medi-Cal caregivers.
HOFFMAN: "They had higher job turnover, substantially lower monthly incomes, they were less likely to own their own home, and they more likely to receive things such as food stamp benefits. They also had more trouble having enough resources to put food on the table every month."
Hoffman says these caregivers may be the next generation of care recipients.
HOFFMAN: "If they struggle today, their health also could decline, and their use of public programs could skyrocket."

Hoffman also notes the home assistance workers are likely working more than one job to make ends meet.
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