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Michigan governor grants pay raise to home health aides

Home Health Monitor, August 23, 2006

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm recently signed the proposed fiscal year 2007 budget for the Department of Community Health that includes a salary increase for the state's home care aides, reported the Niles [MI] Daily Star.

Starting in October, home care aides who provide basic personal care services will receive $7 per hour, up from $6 per hour.

The pay raise is the result of a statewide coalition that worked to gain support for the pay increase in an effort to improve the quality of home care in Michigan. According to the Daily Star, the low compensation for home health aides contributed to a 35% staff turnover rate in the state.