You can help make the Wage Increase for Direct Care Workers Permanent!
Direct Care Workers across the State of Michigan need your support!
–Inadequate wages for these essential jobs have created a critical staffing shortage.
–Wages, which are tied to Medicaid funding, are lower than almost all other industries.
–This workforce shortage has only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
–The $2 per hour pandemic wage increase is set to expire in February.
How can you help?
Please call, email, or write your state representatives and ask them to make the $2 hour wage increase for direct care workers permanent.
SAMPLE ADVOCACY LETTER
Dear (insert name),
Direct Care Professionals are essential for thousands of people who rely on them for daily care. While they do not operate in hospital settings, they care for high-risk individuals in group homes or other community settings. They cannot work remotely and cannot stay home. They are dedicated and put themselves at risk daily by serving on the frontlines of the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. As you look at the resources to the current public health crisis, please consider the importance and needs of direct care workers. I am asking for relief from the State of Michigan to deal with the very real impacts coronavirus is having on this industry and in compromising the ability to provide care. Without these steps and relief, this critical sector of our healthcare system is in severe jeopardy. Thank you for your consideration.
CONTACT THE GOVERNOR
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909