Care services for aging Americans, people with disabilities get $11 billion boost

Lawmakers increased Medicaid funding for home and community based services in the last COVID aid bill, and advocates hope states will use the dollars to support the workforce.

In this Thursday, April 23, 2020 photo, Ruth Caballero, a nurse with The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, suits up in protective equipment before treating a COVID-19 patient on her rounds in upper Manhattan in New York. Home care nurses, aides and attendants, who normally help an estimated 12 million Americans with everything from bathing to IV medications, are now taking on the difficult and potentially dangerous task of caring for coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)