About 100 home health care workers and their patients rallied in downtown St. Louis as their union seeks to persuade the state to raise their minimum hourly wage, paid through the state’s Medicaid program, from $7.50 to $11. The Missouri Home Care Union is in the midst of collective bargaining negotiations with the Missouri Quality Home Care Council over the wage issue.
Medicaid pays about $15 an hour to health care agencies for the in-home care provided by attendants. But the union says only about half of that makes its way to workers while the rest is spent on administrative costs. Gov. Jay Nixon appoints the council’s members, and his administration would be responsible for implementing the collective bargaining agreement.