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Gov. Northam authorizes hazard pay for home health workers

16 October 2020 State News Covid19 News

Gov. Ralph Northam announced $73 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding will be used to provide hazard pay to home health personal care attendants who served high-risk populations during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release from the Northam administration, a one-time, pre-tax payment of $1,500 will be available to an estimated 43,500 home health care workers who provide personal care and who served Medicaid members between March 12 and June 30 of this year. 

Home health care workers provide services that are critical in enabling older Virginians or people with disabilities to continue living in their own homes. In addition to the hazard payments, the state budget that went into effect July 1 included a seven percent pay raise over two years for home health workers.

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