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Massachusetts: Registry Law Goes Into Effect in 2020

In 2017, Massachusetts made law its home care registry. The final bill signed by Governor Charlie Baker does include exemptions for home care workers who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or harassment, but those exemptions are by voluntary opt out, which require the caregivers to disclose such history to their employers.


The Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) has announced that its Health Care Worker Regulations will be published on Friday, June 28. HCAOA will be closely monitoring these regulations and will keep members updated.
 
The Massachusetts Home Care Aide Council has informed HCAOA that the Health Care Worker Regulations will include the following:

  • An exemption from the registries for reasons "to protect the health, safety and welfare of the health care worker"

  • The regulations will give access to the registry to the EOEA, Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) and "employer organizations"

  • The ASAPs will be charged with monitoring the registry for compliance by home care providers.

  • Non-compliance could lead to termination of a contract to provide services with the ASAPs

Home care providers will have 30 days to notify employees about the Registry and will need to submit the required information to the EOEA in September. At that point the EOEA will have 90 days to get the database/website up and the Registry online. d