The HCAOA Connecticut Chapter submitted written testimony to the Connecticut Legislature’s Homemaker Companion Task Force last week on behalf of Connecticut Chapter members.
The testimony said, “HCAOA Connecticut is committed to education of members to help ensure increased compliance with HCA laws and regulations. The Chapter meets regularly with lawmakers and officials… to inform members, learn more about new requirements and collaborate with officials to improve the regulatory environment… However, those efforts become more challenging when laws are enacted without sufficient input and support from the industry and home care providers.”
The testimony emphasized HCAOA’s hope for the positive outcomes and influence of the Homemaker Companion Task Force findings.
“The findings and recommendations, based on the makeup of the task force, should reflect greater consensus and collaboration among agency officials, lawmakers, consumers, stakeholders, advocacy organizations and home care providers. Its report may therefore carry additional weight and credibility with lawmakers,” stated the HCAOA Connecticut testimony.
In DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull’s remarks to the Task Force, she noted the importance of outreach and education for consumers and agencies in regulating HCAs. Seagull indicated that, despite these and other efforts, the Department, “…still receives a fair number of complaints about HCAs from consumers and industry participants. When we receive complaints, our goal is to resolve them as quickly as possible.”
The Homemaker Companion Task Force is scheduled to meet next week to begin developing priorities and recommendations from its findings for a report due in January 2023.
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