Reprinted with permission from DCReport.
The Trump administration is continuing its war against unions by trying to make it harder for lowly paid home healthcare workers to pay union dues.
The workers, whose hourly pay is about $10.50 to about $12, can have their union dues taken out of their paychecks from Medicaid. Third-party payments, which sometimes include union dues, are currently allowed in 11 states, including California, Illinois, Missouri and New Jersey, but a proposed federal rule would end that.
“This proposed rule is intended to ensure that providers receive their complete payment, and any circumstances in which a state does divert part of a provider’s payment must clearly be allowed under the law,” said Tim Hill, the acting director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.…