A new report by PHI underscores the vital role that immigrants can play in alleviating workforce shortages in home-based care. The report highlights that 32% of home care workers in the U.S. are immigrants.
HCAOA’s “State of Home Care: Industry at a Crossroads” report emphasizes the importance of bi-partisan immigration policies, which are essential for supporting existing immigrant caregivers in the U.S. and ensuring future immigrant workers who can help address the increasing shortage in the caregiver workforce. This stands as one of the key policy priorities for HCAOA.
Current immigration policies hinder providers from accessing this labor pool. To address this, the report proposes solutions like creating a caregiver visa with a pathway to citizenship and enacting legislation like the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act (S.1392), emphasizing the need for bipartisan support to bolster the healthcare system and meet future home care demands.
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