Last Tuesday, more than 70 home care providers gathered in Rocky Hill for the HCAOA Connecticut Chapter meeting. During the event state Consumer Protection Department officials discussed homemaker-companion registration, the investigations and audit process, and advertising requirements. Commissioner Michelle Seagull discussed the need for providers to obtain a license from the Department of Public Health if they are offering any healthcare-related services and noted recent changes to background check requirements effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Yesterday, the HCAOA Connecticut State Chapter held a successful networking lunch meeting. Chapter leaders also met with officials from the Department of Consumer Protection, including Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, Department of Consumer Protection.
Mark McGoldrick, Chair of the HCAOA Connecticut Chapter and owner of Comfort Keepers, and Matthew Hallisey, lobbyist for HCAOA, presented the Chapter's 2020 Outstanding Leadership Award to state Rep. Gale L. Mastrofrancesco (80th Dist., Wolcott), last Thursday at the state Capitol in Hartford. Rep. Mastrofrancesco said she was "so proud" to receive the award as Mr. McGoldrick noted her experience in and support for the home care industry. She was one of two state legislators recognized last year by the Chapter in an online program for her outstanding service and dedication in support of the home care industry in Connecticut. The presentation of the award was delayed due to the pandemic.
Several state agency officials presented details of the investment plan for proposed uses of the home and community-based services enhanced match, including provider rate increases, to the Aging, Human Services and Appropriations committees last week. Under the plan, HCBS waiver providers will receive a one-time estimated 5% stabilization payment to be paid in the third (current) quarter, which the OPM Secretary said can be used for investments in the workforce (retention bonuses or new hires); 1.7% across-the-board rate increase, authorized under the new state budget, effective July 1, 2021; and supplemental rate funding.
CONNECTICUT: Featured Speakers from Department of Consumer Protection to Discuss Audit Process & Advertising Claims
Home care agencies are invited to a luncheon program to connect with key state officials in the Department of Consumer Protection. Featured speakers include Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, Department of Consumer Protection who will present: Registration of Home Care Agencies and Enforcement of Chapter 400o.
At long last, HCAOA Connecticut's advocacy efforts and members' grassroots support have paid dividends in the form of Medicaid waiver rate increases issued by the Department of Social Services for HCBS. HCBS waiver providers will receive a one-time estimated 5% stabilization payment to be paid in the 3rd (current) quarter; 1.7% across-the-board rate increase, authorized under the new state budget, effective Jul. 1, 2021; and supplemental rate funding (see reinvestment plan for details).
The Department of Social Services issued home health services rate increases, effective August 1, 2021, of 6% for home health aides, 31.7% for pediatric complex care skilled nursing service, and 3.5% for all other home health services except continuous skilled nursing. DSS has not yet issued rate increases for homemaker-companion services but the department and Office of Policy and Management are well aware of HCAOA Connecticut's concerns about minimum wage increases effective August 1.
The Attorney General’s Office, in cooperation with the Coalition for Elder Justice in Connecticut, launched a new Elder Justice Hotline last week to provide a one-stop-shop to help older adults in Connecticut navigate state services and seek information, assistance, and justice. Additionally, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently signed Senate Bill 1201, making Connecticut the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years or older.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently signed Senate Bill 1201, making Connecticut the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years or older. The new law not only requires expungement of certain existing marijuana convictions but also creates employment protections for recreational marijuana users. While these protections are more limited than those recently recognized in neighboring states New York and New Jersey, Connecticut employers should review current policies and practices to ensure they are prepared for the changes by July 1, 2022, the effective date of the new employment provisions. read more