New Journal of Pediatrics Study Examines Colorado Medicaid’s Paid Family Caregiving Program

Colorado allows parents to be employed as certified nursing assistants (CNAs) for their children.

A new network study compared paid family CNAs providing skilled care to children with medical complexities to non-family CNAs, looking at retention and hospitalization rates. It’s a model we speculate could address workforce shortages while providing income to family caregivers. This study found that family caregivers were less likely to leave the paid role of caregiver when compared to non-family CNAs. They found slight differences in the number of hospital visits and how long the child was hospitalized. 

Dr. Carolyn Foster served as lead author on this study, with family partner Christy Blakely, executive director of Family Voices Colorado.

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REGISTER for a free webinar: Paid Family Caregiving for Children with Medical Complexity and Disabilities on Wednesday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific Time.


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