State Democrats introduce package of bills to keep more CNAs in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- State Democrats introduced a package of bills Tuesday aimed at trying to get more nurses working in long-term care facilities to stay in Wisconsin.

The 'Certified Nursing Aides Pay Act' includes three pieces of legislation. It would include bills to increase wages, expand access to training for nursing aides and personal caregivers working on the frontlines of long-term care, increase medicaid reimbursement rate for personal care services by accepting the federal medicaid expansion dollars.

"$10.75 is the median starting wage for nursing wages, while $12-dollars per hour is the average median starting wage for non-healthcare unskilled jobs that don't require the training that nursing aids have to have and [or] the kind of work that nursing aids do," said 78th Assembly District Rep. Lisa Subeck.

The bill to increase wages would increase a CNA's hourly pay by $11.55.