During the previous Legislative session, the Council responded to proposals impacting the home care industry, including efforts to establish a public home care workforce registry with personal contact information for workers. For 2017-2018, the Council has submitted its own proposal to establish a training registry for workers, along with actively responding to bills to establish licensure for home care agencies.
Members who would like additional information on the legislative activities of the Council should contact Lisa Gurgone.
Legislative Priorities for the coming year:
An Act Establishing a Home Care Training Registry - SD. 1260 filed by Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) and HD. 2534 filed by Representative Christine Barber (D-Medford)
The purpose of this legislation is to establish a meaningful home care aide workforce training registry focused on quality with essential safeguards and privacy protections for home care aides. The registry would monitor:
- Completion rates and certificates of home care aide training graduates
- Inservice and advanced training qualifications of home care aides trained by home care agencies
An Act Relative to Home Care Workforce Initiatives – SD. 928 filed by Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) and HD. 870 Representative Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
The Council is proud to partner with Mass Home Care, the ASAP trade association, and the Home Care Alliance on this bill to support compensation earned by case managers, homemakers/personal care homemakers, and home health aides.
This bill would require the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) to conduct an analysis of rates paid to the ASAPs for case management and homemaker/personal care homemakers services. The bill would also require EOHHS to conduct a rate analysis of home health aide services as well. This rate analysis will include:
- A review of the personnel costs for case managers holding similar job responsibilities employed by state government and private organizations and,
- An analysis of personnel costs associated with wages, compensation and/or salary and associated employee-related costs to personnel providing homemaker and personal care homemaker services. In addition, this language would require EOEA to enhance rates paid for homemakers and personal care homemakers services authorized through the ASAPs in order to raise the average mandatory compensation to $15.00 per hour by July 1, 2018.