Hidden in Plain Sight: California's Paid Medi-Cal Caregivers Are Vulnerable
(2012, April). Hidden in Plain Sight: California's Paid Medi-Cal Caregivers Are Vulnerable Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
In 2009, an estimated six million caregivers in California provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term illness or disability. Of these caregivers, a significant number - 450,000 persons-were paid for the care they provided. Nearly two-thirds of these paid caregivers, or 290,000, aided a family member or friend receiving Medi-Cal(paid Medi-Cal caregivers). Many of these paid Medi-Cal caregivers more than likely worked for California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program.
Despite being compensated, paid caregivers - and paid Medi-Cal caregivers in particular- fared much worse on a number of economic security indicators.