The state Senate passed House Bill 6100, giving final legislative approval to legislation expanding background checks that home care agencies will be required to conduct on prospective employees. Chapter leadership worked closely with members of the General Law Committee and Department of Consumer Protection officials to ensure the bill met the concerns of HCAs. After a significant amount of testimony from agency owners in opposition and advocacy by the Chapter, DCP withdrew a ban on health care terms in agency business names and advertising.
Beginning in January 2022, the bill requires, among other things, HCAs to conduct a local and national criminal background check of caregivers, and specifies conditions that make an individual ineligible for employment. HB 6100, which requires the Governor’s approval, will be discussed at a Chapter meeting next month. Read more here.