Nursing home workers still waiting for wage increases in Massachusetts

Nearly two years after Massachusetts lawmakers approved $35.5 million in public money to boost wages for the lowest-paid nursing home workers — who care for some of the state’s most frail residents — a new report indicates some workers may still be waiting for their money, according to the Boston Globe.

Following several extensions and lapsed deadlines, 12 nursing homes are still not in compliance with state regulations, according to the report from the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Nine of the facilities have been given until mid-June to award the roughly $502,000 to workers, while three other nursing homes must repay several thousands of dollars in misspent funds, the report said.

In all, 97 percent of the state’s roughly 400 nursing homes have awarded the money to workers, regulators said.

But Senator Mark C. Montigny, a Democrat from New Bedford who has advocated for more transparency in the nursing home industry, said regulators should stop granting extensions. He filed legislation last week that would speed up the process, requiring nursing homes to award workers the money within a year after lawmakers approve the spending.

“We should fine the violators, and take the money out of their operations to make sure all of these hard-working people are paid what they deserve,” Montigny said.

Read the full story at the Boston Globe.


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