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Distribution Plan for the COVID-19 temporary 8.4% rate increase

Attention all CHHHC employees:

In response to COVID-19, the Minnesota Legislature has approved a temporary rate increase of 8.4% that is expected to begin on 12/1/2020 and will be in effect until approximately 2/7/2021. The legislation required that employers pass on (at least) 80% of the increase to PCAs in wages and benefits (which include the corresponding increase in the employer’s share of certain taxes, as well as workers compensation premiums).

Caring Heart Home HealthCare will be putting 80% of this increase towards wages, benefits, and payroll taxes for PCAs. This will be paid to active PCAs in a one-time bonus payment will be made no later than March 31, 2021 once all timecards pertaining to the timespan of the rate increase have been collected and processed. The addition of these funds will not change the participants originally approved units’ amount. Staff wages will increase by $2.00 for the allotted time.

This rate increase does not apply to Qualified Professionals, office staff and any 245D services.

The additional 20% will be used by the agency to cover the cost for activities and items necessary to support compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on sanitation and personal protective equipment.

If any PCA does not feel that they have received the compensation related increase as required (after the one-time bonus payout period), please contact HHHC’s Director of Operations, Darshae Underwood, at 612-584-4163. You may also contact the Department of Human Services by mail, email, or phone – see contact information below.


Minnesota Department of Human Services

Community Supports and Continuing Care for Older Adults

PCA Temporary Rate Increase

P.O. Box 64967

St. Paul, MN 55164-0967


Phone 651-431-4300 (DSD Response Call Center)

Note: This telephone number is a voice number. TDD users may call the Minnesota Relay at 711 or 800-627-3529. For the speech-to-speech relay, call 877-627-3848.

-Caring Heart Home HealthCare

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