Unions Lose Big with Home Healthcare Ruling

July 24, 2017

by John McClaughry

Home health care workers in Vermont will soon see more money in their paychecks due to a proposed federal rule change. Two weeks ago the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed repealing an Obama administration rule for Medicaid in-house personal care providers that allows unions to get the State to skim off the union dues before sending out Medicaid reimbursement checks. That should take effect next month.

In particular, the change targets independent home health care providers who state law – Vermont’s Act 48 of 2013 – classifies as state employees to allow a labor union to collect their dues.

Meg Hansen, executive director of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, said “In most cases, home health care workers are family caregivers who are taking care of a loved one, like a spouse or grandparent. …They know they’ll get X amount of money for taking care of their loved ones.” But X would be less than what they’re being paid, because the State and the union made a deal to subtract the union dues from the payment.

Home health care workers have the option to join the union or not, but if they join the union they have no choice about the State subtracting the dues from their pay.

“The Supreme Court  in a 2014 case  said they are not state workers and you cannot deduct agency fees or union dues from the Medicaid funds for union membership,” Hansen said.

If the union wants the dues of home health care workers, it can go ask for them. Chances are a lot of them will say “no, thanks.”

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

About Us

The Ethan Allen Institute is Vermont’s free-market public policy research and education organization. Founded in 1993, we are one of fifty-plus similar but independent state-level, public policy organizations around the country which exchange ideas and information through the State Policy Network.
Read more...

Latest News

Climate Redistribution from Vermonters to Billionaires

January 16, 2020 By David Flemming At least one progressive legislator is willing to admit it: vehicle feebates are carbon taxes. Worse, he admits feebates may not even...

TCI Interstate Carbon Tax Is Imploding

January 15, 2020 by Rob Roper The ink wasn’t dry on the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) memorandum of understanding before Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH) declared it a “boondoggle”...

Vermont Towns in Fiscal Trouble

January 13, 2020 By David Flemming Lately the media has paid some much-needed attention to Vermont’s financial challenges related to unfunded pension liabilities, demographic changes, and labor force...

Attack on and Defense of the Second Amendment

January 13, 2020 by Jeff Kaufman, MD This piece was created as a letter to WVMT radio hosts Marcus and Kurt following an interview segment with Senator Philip...

VT Rep: $15 Min Wage Helps Women…But Would It?

January 10, 2020 By David Flemming On January 9th, the House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs considered the $15 minimum wage bill from 2019. Rep. John...

Video