74.39A.300  <<  74.39A.310 >>   74.39A.320

Contract for individual home care services providersCost of increase in wages and benefits funded or increase in labor ratesFormula.

(1) The department shall create a formula that converts into a per-hour amount, excluding those benefits defined in subsection (3) of this section, the cost of the increase in:
(a) Wages and benefits negotiated and funded in the contract for individual providers of home care services pursuant to RCW 74.39A.270 and 74.39A.300; or
(b) The labor rates established under RCW 74.39A.530.
(2) The per-hour amount from subsection (1) of this section shall be added to the statewide home care agency vendor rate and shall be used exclusively for improving the wages and benefits of home care agency workers who provide direct care. The formula shall account for:
(a) All types of wages, benefits, and compensation negotiated and funded each biennium, including but not limited to:
(i) Regular wages;
(ii) Benefit pay, such as vacation, sick, and holiday pay;
(iii) Taxes on wages/benefit pay;
(iv) Mileage; and
(v) Contributions to a training partnership; and
(b) The increase in the average cost of worker's compensation for home care agencies and application of the increases identified in (a) of this subsection to all hours required to be paid, including travel time, of direct service workers under the wage and hour laws and associated employer taxes.
(3) The contribution rate for health care benefits, including but not limited to medical, dental, and vision benefits, for eligible agency home care workers shall be paid by the department to home care agencies at the same rate as negotiated and funded in the collective bargaining agreement for individual providers of home care services.

NOTES:

FindingsIntent2018 c 278: See note following RCW 74.39A.500.
Effective date2007 c 361 §§ 7 and 8: See note following RCW 74.39A.270.
ConstructionSeverabilityCaptions not lawShort title2007 c 361: See notes following RCW 74.39A.009.
Effective date2006 c 9: "This act takes effect July 1, 2006." [ 2006 c 9 § 3.]
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