Hidden in Plain Sight: California’s Paid Medi-Cal Caregivers Are Vulnerable

Source: Geoffrey J. Hoffman and Steven P. Wallace, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Health Policy Fact Sheet, April 2012

In 2009, an estimated six million caregivers in California provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term illness or disability. Of these caregivers, a significant number – 450,000 persons – were paid for the care they provided. Nearly two-thirds of these paid caregivers, or 290,000, aided a family member or friend receiving Medi-Cal (paid Medi-Cal caregivers). Many of these paid Medi-Cal caregivers more than likely worked for California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. Despite being compensated, paid caregivers – and paid Medi-Cal caregivers in particular – fared much worse on a number of economic security indicators.

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