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Home Care Workers, Seniors, Disabled From Across Massachusetts to Protest Poverty Wages, Lack of Health Insurance, Wednesday, June 18 at Office of Governor Deval Patrick
Date:6/17/2008

Home care crisis escalates as state continues to reject appeal for health insurance and meaningful wage increase for caregivers of seniors, disabled

"The change we need recognizes health as a public good. All people should have health care that they can count on and afford."

- Deval Patrick, 2008 State Democratic Convention speech

(Video on http://devalpatrick.com/)

BOSTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East:

WHO: Home care workers, seniors, people with disabilities, 1199SEIU

WHEN: On Wednesday, June 18, participants will gather at the Grand Staircase of the Massachusetts State House at Noon before marching on the offices of Governor Deval Patrick and his Secretary of Administration and Finance, Leslie Kirwin.

WHAT: Protesting the denial of health insurance for Massachusetts Personal Care Attendant (PCA) home care workers, poverty wages for home care workers, and high turnover rates (40%-60%) which are making seniors and people with disabilities suffer as they struggle to find and keep the care they need to live independently and safely at home, instead of in institutions.

A special bound book entitled "Letters of Hope" including hand-written appeals to the Governor for help from hundreds of home care workers and those they care for will be delivered to the Governor's office as home care workers and those in their care pray and sing for the administration to hear their message of hope.

WHERE: Massachusetts State House, 3rd Floor, Office of Governor Deval Patrick

WHY: At issue is the state's rejection of an appeal for health insurance and a meaningful wage increase for PCAs, home caregivers who help seniors and people with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes and communities, instead of institutions.

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