CaliforniaThe legislature recently passed a bill to raise the minimum wage for health care workers to $25 an hour and is now awaiting approval from the Governor of CaliforniaNewsomOf approval. According to the bill, the minimum wage increase would apply to all employees in health care facilities, including cleaning and maintenance workers, food service workers, gift shop employees, medical computer coders (programmers) and nursing assistants, but all would receive an immediate pay increase. Will not happen. ,
For large medical institutions and dialysis clinics with more than 10,000 employees, the minimum wage will rise to US$23 per hour starting in 2024, US$24 per hour in 2025, and US$25 per hour in 2026. Minimum wages in smaller health care settings have been slow to adjust; The minimum wage in urgent care clinics will increase to $25 an hour in 2027, while skilled nursing facilities and other health care facilities will not reach $25 an hour until 2028.
Subsequently, as a higher proportion of patients in rural hospitals and medical institutions enroll in Medicare and Medi-Cal, the minimum wage will gradually adjust. The minimum wage at these agencies will be adjusted to $18 an hour in 2024 and then increased to $25 an hour in 2033. The bill also includes a waiver that would allow financially distressed medical institutions to suspend minimum wage increases until next year and would block local ordinances from raising the minimum wage until 2034.
The California Legislature approved the bill, SB 525, in the final hours of the session. The House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 59 to 11, while the Senate passed it by a vote of 31 to 9. Now Governor Newsom must decide within 30 days whether to sign it into law or veto it. Newsom said he would not refuse to veto some bills approved by the Democratic-controlled legislature because it would harm California. It is possibleBudgetThe deficit exceeds $31 billion.
A previous version of the bill estimated it would provide more than $973 million in annual increases. The cost of the new version has not yet been estimated. After SEIU and medical groups representing hospitals and clinics reached an agreement, costs are expected to be lower than previous estimates..