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The Long Term Care Discussion Group

A voluntary independent group that meets solely for the purpose
of educating the policy community on all facets of long term care

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
RTI International at 701 13th Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20005

Dial in: 1-888-273-3658
Access Code: 2395726

How Raising the Minimum Wage Would Affect
Assisted Living and CCRC Providers and Workers
Speaker: Joshua Wiener, RTI International
Pressure for major increases in the minimum wage poses difficult challenges for the long term care industry, where a large share of workers earn between the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and $13 per hour. As many policymakers have expressed concern about wage stagnation and income inequality, a new RTI International study finds that the average financial impact of a $10 or $12 minimum wage would be relatively small for assisted living and continuing care retirement community providers—1% and 5% in total costs, respectively—but potentially important for the worker who makes only $7.25 an hour. A $15 minimum wage would increase provider costs by a roughly 13%, a significantly larger amount.

Three quarters of the jobs in the settings studied fall into four employment categories: health care and other support aides, personal care aides, buildings and grounds staff, and food service workers. Researchers found that if the minimum wage is increased to $15 per hour, 86% of these workers would see an increase in their pay. Specifically, an increase to $12 per hour would affect 58% of workers and an increase to $10 per hour would affect 27%.

The study was conducted as a partnership between RTI and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living. The report is available at: http://www.theceal.org/images/reports/RTI-CEAL-Minimum-Wage-Report-2017-FINAL.pdf. Along with Joshua Wiener, RTI researchers Wendi Elkins and Michael Lepore are coauthors.

Joshua Wiener, Ph.D. is Distinguished Fellow and former Program Director for Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care at RTI International. With more than 40 years of experience, he has coauthored eight books and more than 300 journal articles, reports, and monographs on a wide variety of health and long-term care issues. Before coming to RTI International in 2003, Wiener conducted research and policy analysis at the Urban Institute, Brookings Institution, Health Care Financing Administration, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and New York City Department of Health.

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Long Term Care Discussion Group Co-Chairs: 
Susan Coronel, John Cutler, Hunter McKay (ex-officio),
Karl Polzer, Jill Randolph, and Eileen J. Tell

Long Term Care Discussion Group meetings are intended as forums for candid discussion.
Dialogue and comments made during these meetings should be treated as off the record.

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