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.
DSS recently issued a spending plan that includes a provider rate increase for HCBS that requires revising waivers, which is in process. HCAOA Connecticut Chapter members have been contacting their legislators in support of a rate increase and the Chapter urges them to continue to do so. The Chapter continues to advocate vigorously for a rate increase for home care providers and hopes to deliver good news shortly that DSS has issued one.