Some PA home care workers remain unpaid after 2 months

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 5, 2013 2:09 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The acting secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare says hundreds of the state-paid care workers for the disabled still haven't received paychecks after a new company took over the task in January.

Acting Secretary Bev Mackereth has told the Senate Appropriations Committee her agency is trying to figure out what happened and acknowledged the transition didn't go smoothly for four percent of the workers.

She also welcomed a promised audit by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale of the transition to Boston-based Public Partnerships LLC. Previously, 37 local groups had processed the pay for about 22,000 care workers.

Advocates initially complained many workers received late paychecks or none at all. Mackereth says the contract with Public Partnerships provided no savings, but the federal government had insisted the process be streamlined.

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