Vent: Client's insurance changed, hours cut!

  1. 1 Adult client but still has parent's insurance. Now he's depending on Medicaid and the hours aren't there! So sad and now I'm out $$$$.

    Clients at our agency are drying up too as insurance/medicaid is being cut and homecare is going bye-bye. It's a shame because I'm sure medicaid would have NO PROBLEM paying for him to live at a nursing home.
  2. Visit  Elektra6 profile page

    About Elektra6, RN

    Elektra6 has '9' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Home Health, LTC, subacute'. From 'Mid Atlantic'; Joined Jun '05; Posts: 408; Likes: 199.

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  3. Visit  CloudySue profile page
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    I was always told that Home Health nursing paid in the upper $20's per hour. Now that I'm in the field I can't seem to find a job that pays over $22. They always tell me "it depends on the type of insurance they have". Well, it seems like everyone has crappy insurance these days. I think agencies are taking the extra on certain cases and running with it.
  4. Visit  tothepointeLVN profile page
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    I left priavte duty because I always felt insecure in my job. You might be working ont he same case ofr months and then the client might lose their hours or the family decided to switch nurses etc and boom you've gone from full time to no time with no notice and you can't apply for unemployment because technically your not laid off.
  5. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    This is why it is always wise to work for more than one agency and to be on more than one case at a time. That was good advice even when times were better. It is unfortunate that agencies across the board are taking advantage of the current economic situation to put it to their employees.
    Last edit by caliotter3 on Feb 23, '11
  6. Visit  Elektra6 profile page
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    I have another case but with the same agency. I'm going to look into other agencies or pediatrics soon.
  7. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    Quote from tothepointeLVN
    I left priavte duty because I always felt insecure in my job. You might be working ont he same case ofr months and then the client might lose their hours or the family decided to switch nurses etc and boom you've gone from full time to no time with no notice and you can't apply for unemployment because technically your not laid off.
    OMG!!!! You can't get unemployment!!!! Yikes. I didn't even think of that. My patient is doing quite well and there is talk that he may get rid of his trach soon. I am thinking that shortly after his trach is gone that he will probably be getting rid of his tube feedings too. I am happy for him of course. CNA's will then take over my patient.
    I am hoping that they will be able to find another patient for me. I am worried that they will find a patient that lives far far away from me.
  8. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Getting unemployment when listed with home health agencies is hampered by the fact that the home health agencies lie to the EDD when they state that the employee has refused work when in fact they have offered no work. They also use the fact that one can refuse a case in hh and remain employed against the employee. Apply for unemployment and you will find yourself with the worst cases, in the worst neighborhoods, too far away to justify the low wages. And you won't be able to get work elsewhere because the agency will lie to prospective employers as well as the EDD.
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  9. Visit  tothepointeLVN profile page
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    Well one of the first questions the EDD asks is if the employer gave your a packet saying you were eligible for unemployment. We are per diem workers which means they dont have to guarantee us any hours so eevn though we may not be working unless they "fire" us we are still employed
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  10. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    Thanks so much caliotter3 and tothepointeLVN. I have been living in a total fantasy land. I had been thinking that if I lost my patient and were unable fo get another one nearby that I would be eligible for unemployment. Thanks for the reality check. I think I had better start thinking of getting out of private duty too.
  11. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    You are eligible for unemployment, as long as the agency does not lie to the EDD to insure you can't collect it. I got unemployment, until the agency appealed the EDD decision and lied to them stating I had refused work. The EDD interviewer was fully versed in how home health agencies operate.
  12. Visit  tothepointeLVN profile page
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    Being eligible for unemployment is VERY hard.
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  13. Visit  Elektra6 profile page
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    I had to sign a paper stating that I could not collect unemployment if there were no cases.
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  14. Visit  Blackcat99 profile page
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    Thanks all.:redpinkhe I have never applied for unemployment. When I was hired for private duty, I sure don't remember signing any papers saying that I was not eligible for unemployment. Of course, when you first start a job they give you so many papers to sign that it is possible that I may have signed something like that and not even realized it. It would not surprise me if my agency too would lie to the employment office about me. I have not met so many liars in my life until I signed up with these different private duty agencies. If your request for unemployment is denied, do you think hiring a lawyer does any good?


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