Health Care Coverage for Direct Care Workers: 2009 Data Update

Source: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, Facts 4, March 2011

From the summary:
A new PHI analysis on health care coverage for direct-care workers found that occupation, industry/setting of employment, and geographic region were key indicators of whether these frontline caregivers had coverage.

The new analysis found that in 2009, of all the nation’s direct-care workers — nursing assistants, home health aides, and personal care aides:

* nearly 1 million (28 percent) were uninsured;
* nearly 20 percent received health coverage through Medicaid or other public insurance at some point during the year; and
* only 47 percent had employer-sponsored coverage — compared to 68 percent of U.S. workers generally.

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