On August 12, 2021, the White House hosted a virtual roundtable featuring AHRC New York City Staten Island storytellers on the Better Care Better Jobs Act. Following the roundtable discussion, Michelle Cottle wrote an opinion article in the New York Times, calling on the federal government to provide “additional Medicaid funding for taking steps to shore up the ‘infrastructure’ necessary to improve the access to and quality of home-based care: increasing the wages and benefits of direct-care workers, improving training standards, easing access to respite services for family caregivers…

Staten Islanders were joined by U.S. Deputy Security of Labor Julie Su to advocate for passage of the Better Care Better Jobs Act, legislation intended to increase pay for Direct Support Professionals and provide billions of dollars for home-and-community-based services.

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