Friday, September 7, 2007

Home Care Union Announces Support for Cuomo

Special to the Sun
September 7, 2007

Union officials representing more than 70,000 home care workers announced their support yesterday of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's investigation of fraud within the home care industry. Leaders of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East said they applaud the investigation, which has uncovered Medicaid fraud and the use of false credentials. "We support quality care for all patients and any scheme that deprives the system of public dollars only devalues the good work our members perform," the union's executive vice president for politics and legislation, Patrick Gaspard, said. Union officials also proposed a new registry of home health aides that would ensure proper certification, as well as a special program to train aides assigned to challenging patients.

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