Health care workers rallied at the Rhode Island Statehouse today to call for better wages. The Service Employees International Union has concerns about budget cuts for Medicaid.
The union represents about 4000 nurses, CNAs, and service employees who work in nursing homes and hospitals. The union has issued a list of proposals it says could help the state trim millions of dollars from Medicaid and boost pay for low wage workers.
Lawmakers are considering recommendations to cut $180 million dollars from Medicaid. One of the most contested has been a plan to cut payment rates to nursing homes. SEIU workers say the state should reward nursing homes that reduce staff turnover. And recoup money from private group homes for the disabled that pay workers less than 12 dollars an hour.