Labor Policy Initiative

The Labor Policy Initiative is dedicated to freedom in the workplace and the mutually beneficial interaction between workers and job creators. Through high quality research, media outreach and trainings, the initiative educates the public and lawmakers on the value of a government-neutral, free market labor policy.

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Latest Articles

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Pivotal Right-to-Work Case

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation on the front lines of Janus v. AFSCME dispute … more

West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds RTW Law

Mackinac Center scholars support the ruling … more

Home Health Caregivers Might Find Relief from Union Coercion at Supreme Court

Mackinac Center joins groups to call an end to the union dues skim … more

Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School

But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success … more

Another Judge Upholds Teachers’ Right-to-Work Status; Faults Union’s Tactics

Mackinac Center calls on Michigan Education Association to stop sending teachers to collections … more

In Remembrance on Independence Day: William T. Wilson, Ph.D.

Economist once paid steep price for intellectual honesty … more

Trump Administration Can Protect Funds Intended for Disabled and Low-Income

Study explains how to stop the union ‘dues skim’ of federal money … more

How to Stop the 'Dues Skim' of Federal Home Health Care and Child Care Funding

A PDF copy of this study is available.
Introduction
United States taxpayers currently spend $545 billion annually on the federal government’s Medicaid program. This money is meant to aid the disabled and vulnerable and to support low-income families. However, millions of these dollars are being redirected before they ever reach the people they are meant to support.
About $41.5 billion of Medicaid funds are sent to states through the Home and Community-Based Services “waiver” program.This waiver allows those eligible for Medicaid — individuals suffering from a disability, illness or other affliction — to use these funds to pay for in-home care, as opposed to enrolling in an institution. These in-home services are often provided by family members or friends, or other local, independent providers. Medicaid payments are sent directly to these providers on behalf of their Medicaid-eligible “client.”
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