The legislature’s Regulations Review Committee took action last Friday, January 18th, with an emergency regulation that would relieve families seeking to obtain in-home health care services for disabled children, said Representative Arthur J. O’Neill (R-69), a member of the committee.
“A homecare agency removed itself from the homecare program, and if nothing was done, roughly 45 families would have been adversely impacted in their attempt to get in-home care for disabled children,” said Rep. O’Neill. “The action we took today will allow other provider agencies to pick up the slack, and prevents those children currently receiving care from being placed in an institutional facility. It also allows those currently located in a facility to get back home sooner.”
O’Neill, long a champion of measures such as “Money Follows the Person” which allows convalescing adults to remain in their homes to receive care, says for those who are able to return to the community there is no better place for those receiving these services to get the care and attention they need than in the comfort of their own homes.
“In these circumstances the quality of care and the quality of life is better for patients who receive caregiving in their homes as opposed to in a facility,” he said. “It is also a money-saver and gives families a freedom of choice.”
Emergency Regulation 2014-001 was voted on unanimously by the Committee and takes effect upon passge.