A House Bill Could Give Long Term Care Providers a Raise

By KBJR News 1

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) - A recent bill passed in the house gives Heath care workers a raise of up to 3 percent.

The House Health and Human Services Budget included $150 million dollars in spending cuts, but it was good news for health care workers.

"I want our legislature to step up and do the right thing for the people that built the state of Minnesota our seniors and for the people that are going to take care of those seniors our staff," says John Korzendorfer, executive Director of Ecumen.

Korzendorfer looks forward to the the possibilities the bill could provide.

"Put some money into long term care, sit down and lets work on permanent solutions to this problem without going to the tax payer every time," he says.

And with wages that leave much to be desired turnover is not only common but expected.

"We have found difficulty in actually trying to hire enough staff at times or the nursing staff will leave because the wages aren't as good as other jobs," says Veronica Olsen, Ecumen employee.

If the bill is signed into law, it would provide a 3 percent pay increase for nursing home staff.

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