General Law Committee
JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT
AN ACT CONCERNING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR HOME HEALTHCARE REGISTRIES.
SPONSORS OF BILL:
General Law Committee
REASONS FOR BILL:
This bill with one exception requires a homemaker-companion service registry to provide consumers a written, legal liability notice before starting services, rather than the four days after supplying, referring or placing an individual homemaker or companion with a consumer.
If there is an emergency current four day notice deadline applies providing specific details of the emergency are submitted, signed by the consumer or his representative and submitted to the DCP on an approved form.
RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:
Jonathan Harris (Commissioner), The Department of Consumer Protection:
The DCP supports this bill. Currently consumers may not realize obligations they will incur by employing an aide referred by a registry until after services have started. This bill simply requires that consumers are notified before services commence. This bill furnishes information to consumer regarding the difference between hiring from an agency versus a registry for home health care.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
The AARP supports SB 867, but would also like to have included matching services to registries to assist with an up to date list of workers.
Also adding a training requirement to ensure those receiving homecare receives high quality workers through a registry.
Ray Boller (Chairman), Home Care Association of America, Connecticut:
This bill will protect consumers, assumption of risk should be a choice, and it is consistent with state policy and consistent with precedent and prior practice.
John Shulansky, Elders Choice of Connecticut, LLC:
Elders Choice is a Homecare Companion Agency classified as a registry. Attached to the testimony online is a consent form that is used in Pennsylvania. Elders Choice of Connecticut supports transparency and informed consent. Connecticut has no protection for non-medical homecare. This puts the elderly at risk every day. In Connecticut anyone can be a non-medical home caregiver without training. There should be minimal training, as well as a physical. It was also noted that there is a distinct difference between home healthcare which is a skilled and licensed and a home caregiver which is non-medical.
Dennis Patouhas, owner, Assisted Living Associates, LLC, d/b/a Comfort Keepers:
Consumers should be informed of all charges and liability and it is sound public policy,
to give someone notification after the fact violates this premise.
Steven Montano (President), Homewatch CareGivers of Fairfield County Connecticut:
When speaking to Connecticut citizens they are often surprised when comparing prices for homecare. Registries appear to be less, but they are unaware of the pitfalls.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:
Reported by: Nicholas A. Rogers,