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Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules in favor of home care workers


Governor cleared to move forward with plan to give providers a voice at the table

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed Governor Tom Wolf’s program to improve and strengthen home care services by creating a voluntary system of working people. The ruling is a major victory for home care workers and the seniors and people with disabilities who rely on them to live at home with dignity and independence.

“I love my job, and I believe that every Pennsylvanian deserves affordable, quality care at home,” said Michele Olson, a Harrisburg home care worker who works 54 hours a week caring for a 67-year-old with multiple sclerosis. “That’s why home care workers have joined with consumers and advocates to improve and expand home care services in our state. Governor Wolf has championed the needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and workers every step of the way. After today’s Supreme Court decision, I’m confident that our voices will be heard and that we can tackle Pennsylvania’s care crisis together.”

Rebuffing a legal challenge from special interest groups and out-of-state billionaires, Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling will allow the governor to move forward with his plan to give home care workers a voice at the table, a pathway out of poverty and to meet the healthcare needs of Pennsylvania families.