California Healthline: State Readies Health Home Project

by David Gorn California health officials expect to release within a week a fleshed-out proposal for a health home project that could reduce state costs and improve the lives of super users of the Medi-Cal health care system. It’s a plan that won’t cost the state anything but has the potential to save quite a … Continue reading

California Healthline: Home Care Overtime Decision Leaves $200 Million Question Mark in State Budget

by David Gorn Last week’s decision by the state to drop a plan to pay home health workers overtime wages has left a gap in the governor’s budget proposal. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled on Wednesday last week that only Congress has the authority to award extra pay to home care workers. The … Continue reading

NSCLC: FLSA Home Care Rule Struck Down by D.C. District Court

From our colleagues at NSCLC:  A U.S. federal district court has struck down new rules that would have applied Fair Labor Standards Act standards, like payment of minimum wage and overtime, to most Medicaid home care providers.  Historically, many personal care providers and other in-home assistants have been exempted from federal labor laws under the … Continue reading

CDCAN: STATE HALTS IMPLEMENTATION OF OVERTIME FOR IHSS WORKERS IN CALIFORNIA DUE TO FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT RULINGS

SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 01/15/2015 – 04:50 PM] –  The Department of Social Services, the state agency that oversees statewide the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program that serves over 450,000 children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind and seniors, announced today that it is halting implementation of overtime, travel and wait … Continue reading

CDCAN: GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED 2015-2016 STATE BUDGET INCLUDES RESTORATION OF 7% CUT TO IHSS RECIPIENT SERVICE HOURS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 01/09/2015 – 10:12 AM] –  Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr.’s proposed 2015-2016 State Budget released this morning includes a major proposal to restore the existing 7% across the board cut in service hours to all In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) recipients, effective July 1, 2015, impacting over 450,000 children and … Continue reading

KHN: As Caregiving Shifts To The Home, Scrutiny Is Lacking

By Anna Gorman Yolanda Farrell lay mostly paralyzed in a nursing home, unable to feed or dress herself, when her homeless daughter persuaded her to move out. Linda Maureen Raye, who relatives say had been living in her car with her dog, used her mother’s Social Security to pay for a one-bedroom Riverside, Calif. apartment and … Continue reading

KPCC: Lots of responsibility, no required training, for in-home caregivers

Anna Gorman | Kaiser Health News   Born just a year apart, Oliver Massengale and his brother Charles grew up together. Now, in a two-story home in Compton, they are growing old together. But Charles Massengale, 71, can do little on his own. The former tree trimmer has severe brain damage from a 30-foot fall, … Continue reading

Forbes: New Federal Budget Freezes Most Spending for Senior Services — Again

Allen Stross returns to his home after lunch at the North Berkeley Senior Center and some grocery shopping. Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle

By Howard Gleckman Congress has again frozen funding for most senior services programs, from Meals on Wheels and other nutrition programs to falls prevention and state health insurance assistance programs (SHIPs). This has been the trend throughout most of the Obama Administration. But it may be about to come to an end, as we near … Continue reading

CDCAN: ASSEMBLY BUDGET COMMITTEE APPROVES AUGUST 27th AMENDED VERSIONS OF BUDGET TRAILER BILLS DEALING WITH IHSS OVERTIME AND WITH ONSITE IHSS PROVIDER ORIENTATION

SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 08/28/2014  08:55 PM] – The Assembly Budget Committee heard and approved several “clean-up” budget trailer bills Thursday afternoon, including two bills that have provisions dealing with In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), as significantly amended yesterday, August 27th:  one (SB 873) addressing some concerns regarding IHSS recipients who receive additional service hours under … Continue reading

DRC: SB 855 problems: proposed fixes

From our colleagues at Disability Rights California:  DRC has constructed the attached to fix a range of problems in the SB 855 (overtime) legislation which was so hastily constructed and passed in the last hours of the legislative session in June.  Our language would:  Exempt those providers who are paid by IHSS ONLY because they … Continue reading

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