Several Missouri legislators and health-care advocates called on Gov. Jay Nixon to use his influence to increase wages for home-care workers from about $8.60 an hour to $11 an hour.
The minimum wages are set by the state’s Quality Home Care Council, which oversees home-care services provided for the disabled and low-income elderly under the state’s Medicaid program. The council’s members are appointed by the governor.
Backers of the wage hike say the extra money would come out of the Medicaid payments already paid to the companies who provide the home-care workers. Higher wages could encourage more workers to stay in the field, supporters said. Critics contend that higher wages could result in the companies hiring fewer home-health workers.