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N.H. nursing home workers petition for COVID-19 stipends

Facility staff in Rockingham County want to be compensated as front-line workers

June 22, 2020

More than 20 employees at the Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Brentwood, N.H., have signed a petition demanding they be fairly compensated through a state program created as an incentive for front-line workers who cannot work remotely, according to an article on the Union Leader website.

The workers claim the weekly stipends they’re receiving through the Long-Term Care Stabilization Program are half of what they’re supposed to be. 

Gov. Chris Sununu established the program to stabilize frontline work for those employed by New Hampshire Medicaid providers, including nursing care and assisted living facilities, community mental health centers and other residential care facilities.

The program defines frontline workers as those employees or contracted individuals who “work in direct care, food service, maintenance, etc.” and aren’t able to perform their jobs remotely. It also states that their services must be “vital to patient care.”

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