HB 1 (APPROPRIATIONS) TO BE VOTED ON WED 3/27. (Community Attendants)

Publication Date: 
Mar 25 2019

HB 1 (APPROPRIATIONS) TO BE VOTED ON WED 3/27.

The current HB 1 only has a 10¢ (10 cents) increase for the BASE wage for COMMUNITY ATTENDANTS.  This means the base wage will be $8.10 an hour–still no health insurance, sick leave and/or vacation.

PLEASE CALL THE PEOPLE BELOW AND TELL THEM THE BASE WAGE NEEDS TO BE RAISED ($15) SO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SENIORS CAN FIND COMMUNITY ATTENDANTS!! Nothing more, Nothing less!

                   RAI$E IT! Campaign____________________

KYLER RAMSEY –  HHS PERSON FOR SPEAKER of the House BONNEN   512 463 – 1100
NELDA HUNTER – HHS PERSON FOR REP ZERWAS (APPROPRIATIONS CHAIR) 

512 463 – 0657
BRIDGET DECHANT – HHS PERSON FOR REP DAVIS  (ARTICLE II CHAIR)  

512 463 -0389

 

What do you talk about?

TALKING POINTS FOR

 RECRUITMENT & RETENTION OF COMMUNITY ATTENDANTS:

THERE IS A CRISIS IN THE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF  COMMUNITY ATTENDANTS;

·             BASE RATE IN TEXAS IS $8, WITH NO HEALTH INSURANCE, VACATION AND/OR SICK LEAVE;

·             EXCEPTIONAL ITEM #36 RAISING BASE WAGE TO $8.50 IS SEVERELY INSUFFICIENT TO ATTRACT COMMUNITY ATTENDANTS TO THE WORKFORCE;

·               NATIONALLY ONE IN FOUR COMMUNITY ATTENDANTS LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL (PHI)

·               NATIONALLY MEDIAN WAGE IS $10.49 (PHI)

·               EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK: COMMUNITY ATTENDANTS IN SOME TEXAS PROGRAMS GET HIGHER WAGES AND BENEFITS FOR THE SAME WORK;

·               THERE WAS NOT A RATE INCREASE IN THE LAST SESSION;

·               NURSING FACILITIES, INSTITUTIONS, FAST FOOD, RETAIL STORES, PRIVATE PAY, MEDICARE AND INSURANCE PAY HIGHER WAGES AND BENEFITS;

·               APPROXIMATELY 200,000 PEOPLE IN TEXAS MEDICAID HCBS;

·               AGING POPULATION WILL DOUBLE BY 2050; (PHI)

·               TEXAS HAS APPROXIMATELY 300,000 MEDICAID COMMUNITY ATTENDANTS;

DEMOGRAPHICS OF COMMUNITY ATTENDANTS:

FEMALE (88% Natl),
PERSON OF COLOR (76% Texas),
SINGLE MOM,
APPROXIMATELY 45 YEARS OLD  

 

RAI$E IT!—YOU LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!  DEMAND $15/hour !!!