Underfunded non-profits and underpaid workers mean the state needs to re-examine the rates we pay for critical services.
“The state sets and pays rates for healthcare and social services. Nursing home care, early intervention services, child care and community-based supports for elderly and disabled Rhode Islanders are covered by Medicaid or other state-funded programs. Workers and families statewide are directly impacted by the availability of these services. Yet decades of budget decisions to keep rates low have stifled the sector’s wages.”
Read the op-ed Rep. Kislak co-authored here. (published in the Boston Globe 2-3-2022).