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Welfare Department Apologizes For Late Paychecks For Home Health Care Workers

November 15, 2013

The state’s Department of Public Welfare has responded to the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s report regarding late payments to many home health care workers earlier this year with apologies, and with claims that the agency is making major improvements.

Some home health care workers serving the disabled went months without paychecks as the state transitioned from thirty-six payroll providers to just one.  Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says problems within the agency date back at least four years, but he said there were also significant flaws in the procurement process to select the single vendor, including a flip-flop on a multi-million dollar cash advance.

DPW spokesperson Kate Gillis said Thursday the agency is working hard to make major improvements, and they are confident that the single vendor is capable of providing the service needed.

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