NSCLC: Advocacy Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the Home Care Rule: Update on Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead
From our colleagues at NSCLC:
Effective January 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s new Home Care Rule, depending on how it is implemented, could result in unintended consequences such as cuts to services, dismantling of programs that allow consumers to control their own care, and loss of income for home health care workers.
Disability and aging advocates have come together with worker advocates to ensure that states implement the new Home Care Rule in a way that helps, not harms, consumers and the workers who provide services to them. See the new fact sheet for a full explanation of newly-released guidance of states’ obligations under the ADA and Olmstead by The U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, along with other advocate strategies and resources.
Advocacy is vital: if your state is considering any policies restricting, capping, or limiting worker overtime or travel, this guidance is available to help advocates push for a robust exceptions process and monitoring system.