Nursing home employees from across the state – including many from the Colville-area – are descending upon Olympia to urge lawmakers to better fund Medicaid and the people who care for seniors and people with disabilities.
“Legislators need to know what it's like to provide important care for nursing home residents, but barely be able to care for myself,” Amy Hoffman Bean, of Chewelah, said in a news release from SEIU Healthcare. Bean is a certified nursing assistant at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation. “I work hard and deserve fair pay and health care benefits.”
According to the news release “about 50 nursing home workers will gather in Olympia, including many from the Colville area. Although these workers perform important work to care for the state's most vulnerable in institutions, nursing home aides earn meager wages, teetering near federal poverty levels, and don't have access to quality, affordable health care.”