MALDEN, MA – Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-5) joined 1199SEIU United Healthcare workers at a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drive in Malden, MA to provide adequate medical supplies to frontline workers and lift up the stories and experiences of the home care workforce.

"Our home care workers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic from the very beginning, fighting to keep our loved ones and our communities safe. That's why Democrats enacted the American Rescue Plan, which provided free vaccines, enhanced wages through Medicaid, improved safety requirements for workers, and essential financial support for families, like the Child Tax Credit," said Assistant Speaker Clark. "I am proud to stand with 1199SEIU workers today in Malden and every day as I work in Washington to pass President Biden's Build Back Better agenda. Investing in the care workforce is essential — to our recovery and our ability to rebuild a more just and more inclusive economy."

Nearly 600 Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) reside in Malden and over 1,500 PCAs reside in Assistant Speaker Clark's district. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many health care workers have struggled to access PPE to protect themselves on the job, and that protection has become even more vital with the recent spike in Omicron cases. The American Rescue Plan has provided essential workers in the Commonwealth with increased wages and PPE as well as general support for working families through lower health care costs and lower taxes for working families. Democrats are also working to pass the Build Back Better agenda, which includes $150 billion to expand Medicaid coverage for home care services for seniors and people with disabilities and raise the pay of in-home care professionals, which would be the most transformative investment in home care in decades.

Photos of today's event can be found HERE.

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