home health care http://michiganradio.org en Court decision could affect health care, right-to-work cases http://michiganradio.org/post/court-decision-could-affect-health-care-right-work-cases <p>A U.S. Supreme Court decision that limits how unions can organize many workers who are paid with public money also upholds a two-year-old Michigan law. And it could have an effect on the ongoing litigation over home health care workers.</p><p></p><p>Unions saw an opportunity to increase their ranks by organizing home health care assistants – independent contractors, often family members, who provide home care for elderly people, patients in recovery, and children.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Republicans in the Legislature outlawed mandatory union membership for publicly paid home health assistants in 2012. That same year, voters also rejected a ballot proposal to allow it.</p><p></p><p>“And this really settles the issue in Michigan and nationally,” said Patrick Wright. He’s an attorney with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which filed a lawsuit against the organizing effort. “The United States Supreme Court has looked at something that we said was illegal and said, yes, this is illegal across the entire country.”</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 02:24:54 +0000 Rick Pluta 18215 at http://michiganradio.org Court decision could affect health care, right-to-work cases Michigan to make sure felons can't work as in-home health aides http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-make-sure-felons-cant-work-home-health-aides <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Health Director Jim </span>Haveman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a Medicaid program that pays for in-home care is being revamped.</span></p><p><br />A recent state audit showed the program allowed some convicted felons to work with patients.</p><p>Haveman says the changes will protect taxpayers and patients. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:49:24 +0000 Jake Neher 18070 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan to make sure felons can't work as in-home health aides 4 things to know about Proposal 4: Collective bargaining for home health aides http://michiganradio.org/post/4-things-know-about-proposal-4-collective-bargaining-home-health-aides <p>Under the federally-funded <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/DHS-PUB-0815_198252_7.pdf">Home Help Services Program</a>, qualifying elderly or disabled residents of Michigan are eligible to receive in-home assistance with personal care and household chores.</p><p>Participants of the program have discretion in the hiring and firing of home health aides, and have their services paid for by Medicaid funds administered through the Michigan departments of Community Health and Human Services.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:13:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9456 at http://michiganradio.org 4 things to know about Proposal 4: Collective bargaining for home health aides State board may void contract with home health care workers http://michiganradio.org/post/state-board-may-void-contract-home-health-care-workers <p>Michigan could void its contract with thousands of home health care workers if a state board agrees with a legal action filed this week by the Mackinac Center.</p><p>The free market think tank is asking the Michigan Employment Relations Commission to rule that home health care workers aren’t public employees, but rather private contractors who can’t unionize.</p><p>The workers are organized under the Service Employees International Union.</p><p>The Mackinac Center’s Pat Wright says they’re forced to pay dues that should be going to patient care.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:40:13 +0000 Jake Neher 9194 at http://michiganradio.org State board may void contract with home health care workers In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-41 <div align="left"><strong>Power outages continue </strong> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 11:32:40 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8165 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines...