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Whitmer will give temporary pay increase for direct care workers

The initiative, the governor says, is part of her ongoing efforts to support front line health care workers risking their lives every day.
Credit: AP
In this photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state in Lansing, Mich., Monday, April 20, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

LANSING, Mich. — Direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services can expect a $2-per-hour pay raise for the next few months, amid the pandemic. 

“It has never been more important to care for our most vulnerable residents, and these direct care health workers are risking their lives every day to make sure we continue to flatten the curve,” Gov. Whitmer said.

The program will apply to services provided between April and June. 

The pay increase for direct health care workers follows an executive order requiring congregate care facilities to submit COVID-19 reports to the state on a daily basis. 

RELATED: 5 COVID-19 deaths reported at Muskegon County assisted living facilities

By the end of the week, state health officials have said they will begin publicly posting the nursing homes and other long-term care facilities where cases and deaths have been confirmed. 

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