Medicaid Woes Forces Business to Shut Down in Alabama, Resulting in Hundreds of Layoffs

Ash Jurberg

785 Jobs on the Line as Help at Home Ceases Operations in Alabama Due to Medicaid Hurdles

Disappointing news with the announcement that Help at Home will cease operations in the state of Alabama on September 30. The business provides in-home, in-person care for seniors and people with disabilities,

Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, an employer with more than 100 full-time workers must provide a 60-day notice before laying off 50 or more people at a single site. Help at Home has filed a notice with the
Alabama Department of Commerce
advising that 785 employees will lose their jobs at the end of the month.

The decision has been blamed on "the current reimbursement and regulatory environment for Medicaid-funded home care."

"Help at Home has made the decision to exit Alabama operations across the state, which was not made lightly. We are disheartened to leave the area we have served for many years, but take our responsibility to provide the safest, in-home personal care services to our clients very seriously. Taking that responsibility into account, we believe we had no choice but to make that very difficult decision to cease operations across the state, effective September 30, 2023, when our annual contracts are set to expire." Kristen M. Trenaman, company spokesperson

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