Biden Jobs Plan Would Invest Billions In Care Economy, Grow Home Care

Inside Health Policy
By Maya Goldman / March 31, 2021 at 5:00 AM
President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan would extend the Money Follows the Person program to expand access to home- and community-based care, according to briefing notes released by the Biden administration Tuesday night (March 30). As of press time, the White House had not responded to questions about how long the extension would last.
The plan [unveiled by Biden Wednesday, March 31] would invest $400 billion in the so-called care economy. An administration official said the plan would reduce waitlists for home care, and, in doing so, create more jobs in the home care workforce.
One in six essential health care workers live in poverty, the official said. Biden’s plan would create more than 1 million new jobs in the care industry, and ensure those jobs pay well. The official did not specify whether all of those jobs would be in home care.
The official said the president’s team has been in touch with members of Congress to get feedback and figure out how to proceed but did not say that reconciliation has been identified as a way to push the plan through.

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