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Local 12 continues investigation into health aide payments

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- Some home health care aides in Ohio who have not been paid since the end of May are now starting to get their checks. 
But, the problem Local 12 investigated is still not totally resolved.  Lynne Dean is a home health care aide Local 12 met in July.  At the time, she had not been paid for seven weeks and was afraid she'd have to quit and find another job.  That would have meant leaving her quadriplegic patient.

The problem for Dean and countless other aides began when the state of Ohio changed how a lot of health aides were paid.  Instead of directly from the state payment is now handled by insurance companies.  But the start up has been a disaster and people were not paid.

"It's affected my health, my patient's health.  I haven't been able to sleep.  I've had to borrow money to pay my bills," said Dean.

But now, Local 12 has heard from Dean that the money she was owed by Aetna Insurance has finally come through.  In her email to Local 12 Dean said, "Thank you for all you have done for the independent providers.  If you hadn't aired the story we would still be fighting for our pay. Thank you again."

Local 12 News has heard from other health aides who have seen their overdue pay starting to flow.  But there are plenty of others who are still waiting.  One, for example, said she was drowning in bills.  So Local 12 will continue investigating this story, trying to get people the money they are owed, checking why this program got off to such a bad start and finding out what's needed to make sure it will be fixed.

If you are a home health care aide who has not been paid, if you have an agency in the same boat, or if the new system is working for you, Local 12 would like to hear from you. 


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