More than 20% of home healthcare workers, nursing assistants uninsured

A quarter of home healthcare workers and 20 percent of nursing assistants are uninsured, compared to less than 10 percent of all U.S. workers, CBS News reports.

New York City-based nonprofit Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute released a study Tuesday concluding that while demand for home healthcare workers will increase, unchanging wages and scant benefits will deter individuals from entering the occupation.

Although the rate of insured healthcare workers and nursing assistants increased 14 percent and 11 percent, respectively, following the Affordable Care Act's enactment, a gap in health insurance remains. Poor quality of work, including heightened risk of work-related injury — more than three times higher for nursing assistants than the average U.S. worker — extends this gap, according to the report.  

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