13 Jun How much does Medicaid Pay For Homecare In PA?
Are you a home care agency, taxpayer, family caregiver, or home care/home health aide recipient and wondering how much Medicaid pays for home care services in Pennsylvania? We discuss that and much more in our newest Medicaid waiver guide for home care services in Philadelphia, PA. Plus, we talk about how hired and family caregivers can find the best paying home care agencies and how clients can get the top care that they deserve.
How much does Medicaid pay for home care?
Medicaid is paid through the state. The state of Pennsylvania breaks down the pay rates for home care services by different zones. For example, zone 4 is the zone that covers Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Medicaid in Pennsylvania Zone 4 under Community HealthChoices waiver pays $21.52 per hour. This includes Medicaid under different healthcare plans in PA which includes Keystone First Community HealthChoices, Amerihealth Caritas, PA Health and Wellness, and UPMC.
Keep in mind though that this pay rate is the pay rate that home care agencies receive. Medicaid cannot and will not pay family caregivers, clients, or other individuals directly. Therefore, if you want to know what Medicaid pays for home care as a caregiver, home health aide, or client, then you will need to find how much the best paying home care agencies in Philadelphia make.
Is there any way to get a better Medicaid pay rate from the State of Pennsylvania?
Unfortunately not. As long as the services in question are Personal Assistance Services (non-medical home care), then the state of Pennsylvania will always pay $21.52 per hour in Philadelphia. This rate is accurate as of 2022.
Does Medicaid pay caregivers overtime?
Medicaid pays a flat rate across all agencies. That means that the pay rate will remain the same to every home care agency. Even if a caregiver works overtime, the agency will still earn $21.52 per hour.
Do I have to use a home care agency? Will Medicaid pay for home care services directly to a caregiver (including family caregivers)?
Medicaid with Community HealthChoices will not pay home care services directly to a caregiver or home health aide.
Since Medicaid or the major health plans will not pay a family caregiver or home health aide, a family caregiver or home health aide must choose a home care agency and be employed by that home care agency.
Do the Community HealthChoices health plans pay home health aides or family caregivers directly?
Community HealthChoices is an extension of the state of PA as they are contracted to administer home care services to participants. Therefore, they follow the same guidelines as the state. Home care agencies are therefore contracted directly under local health plans. In Philadelphia, those include Keystone First, UPMC, and PA Health and Wellness. Therefore, as previously mentioned, family caregivers and home health aides are hired directly through an agency.
How much do home care agencies pay to family caregivers in Philadelphia, PA?
Home care agencies in Philadelphia pay an average of $11 to $15 per hour in the Philadelphia, PA region. Chosen Family Home Care has researched this extensively to come up with the pay range of home care agencies in Philadelphia.
Do home care agencies in Philadelphia, PA pay overtime?
Some home care agencies will allow overtime. Others will not allow overtime. However, if a family caregiver has a regular schedule of more than 40 hours per week, agencies will adjust pay rates to accommodate for having to pay an overtime rate which is 1.5 times the regular pay rate.
What is the best paying home care agency in Philadelphia, PA?
Chosen Family Home Care did plenty of research across Philadelphia to make sure they were the highest paying home care agency in Philadelphia. The $15 guarantee means that Chosen Family Home Care pays $15 per hour. If the caregiver works a regular schedule of more than 40 hours per week, that caregiver will earn an adjusted rate (lower regular rate plus overtime rate at 1.5 times the pay rate) which averages $15 per hour. Call or text Chosen Family Home Care at 267.457.4122.
Does Chosen Family Home Care allow overtime?
If the family caregiver home health aide or client has approved hours that exceed 40 hours per week, that caregiver will earn an average of $15 per hour. That means that their regular rate will be lower than $15 per hour but that the caregivers will make 1.5 times their regular rate for overtime hours (hours that exceed 40 hours per week), effectively increasing the overall pay rate.
Does Chosen Family Home Care and other agencies offer benefits?
The best home care agencies will offer an extensive set of benefits. Be sure to check with an agency directly to see whatever they offer. However, the best agency in Philadelphia, Chosen Family Home Care, offers benefits that include paid time off, paid holidays, major medical healthcare insurance, a sign on bonus when starting services, weekly pay, and a 401k retirement plan. Contact Chosen Family Home Care today at 267.457.4122 and start the switch to our agency today!