STATE HOUSE - On Thursday, May 7, the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care honored Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence) under the State House rotunda. Rep. Slater was honored due to his tireless efforts in advocating for the hard working home health care professionals of the state. "It is fundamentally unfair that our healthcare workers in the home care field are denied the same wages and benefits that their peers at hospitals and nursing homes bring home every year," said Rep. Slater. "These dedicated professionals visit every corner of our state to provide top-notch quality healthcare to all those who are in need. They deserve to be recognized and fairly compensated for their never-ending efforts to ensure the best possible quality of life for all of their patients," added Rep. Slater. "Representative Slater believes that CNA's should not be earning close to minimum wage for healthcare services in which they deliver in the homes of our eldest, poorest and sickest Rhode Islanders. He believes they deserve a competitive wage and access to the same quality healthcare that they provide in the community. For these reasons, we would like to recognize Representative Slater as an advocate for the home healthcare community," said Nicholas Oliver, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care. The Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care (RIPHC) was established in 1990 and is the only organization in the state dedicated to "advancing quality healthcare at home". RIPHC is committed to promoting quality home healthcare service delivery, ethical healthcare business practices, and positive patient and client outcomes to ensure that access to home care and hospice remains an integral component of our state's acute and long-term healthcare system.