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As a result of the investigation and suspected fraud, all Medicaid payments to Deaconess had been terminated. This led to the workers not getting paid without any advanced notice that the company was closing. Nor were the agency's clientele notified that they were closing.
This left both the clientele and the workers scrambling for help.
These jobs are not high-paying jobs at all, unless one is part of upper management. Many of the workers providing this service live from check to check and cannot afford to be cut off without even a hint of a notice.
Fortunately for them, they have someone trying to help them, per this press release from Wisconsin Jobs Now:
Victimized Homecare Workers to Speak About Perils of the Industry with Top Lawmakers on Monday
MILWAUKEE – Homecare workers witnessing the recent Deaconess Home Health controversy are coming together to achieve justice for all homecare workers in Milwaukee County. On Monday, June 24, former Deaconess employees and workers from other agencies in Milwaukee will meet with top state lawmakers to discuss their concerns for the homecare industry in the city.
There is a growing need out there for this service, especially as the baby boomers become senior citizens. And the way that Scott Walker and the Teapublicans have been handling issues regarding health care and social services, I'm afraid that things are going to get much worse before they get better.
“A major problem for homecare workers is that we face the same issues everywhere we go,” said Sarah Ruiz a former Deaconess worker who plans to attend. “I was fortunate to find another agency, but I still barely make enough money to survive, and I definitely don’t feel fairly compensated for the care I provide.”
WHAT: Roundtable discussion on the state of the homecare industry in Milwaukee
WHERE: Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W Vliet St.
WHEN: Monday, June 24 5:00 P.M.
WHO: Sen. Chris Larson, Sen. Nikiya Harris, Rep. Mandela Barnes, Rep. Sandy Pasch, Rep. LaTonya Johnson, Rep. Christine Sinicki, Rep. Evan Goyke, Rep. Josh Zepnick, Rep. Fred Kessler, and workers from multiple Milwaukee homecare agencies.
I thank the legislators in advance for taking time out to listen to the people.