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Whitmer gives raises to direct-care workers

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Posted at 9:01 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 21:01:17-04

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Whitmer is giving a temporary $2/hour raise to direct care workers, her office announced Thursday.

“It has never been more important to care for our most vulnerable residents, and these direct care health workers are risking their lives every day to make sure we continue to flatten the curve,” Governor Whitmer said. “It is our duty as Michiganders to ensure these front-line heroes have the financial support they need to continue doing their critical work while caring for themselves and their families.”

Whitmer's office says this action helps streamline healthcare reporting and could help identify outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The measure affects Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care workers caring for patients between April and June.