Rep. Stanley’s Home Care Licensure Legislation Receives Favorable Recommendation

Legislation Rep. Stanley filed on home care licensure (H.649) received favorable recommendations from the Joint Committee on Health Financing and the Joint Committee on Rules and is now before the House Committee on Ways and Means. This legislation establishes a licensure process for home care agencies with the goal of improving standards and preventing the abusive treatment of home care workers, personal care attendants, and consumers.

Specifically, the bill would establish definitions of “home care agency worker” and “home care agency”; create penalties for noncompliance; require disclosure of services and rates, and reporting of suitability standards to protect consumers; create transparency requirements for all home care businesses, including financial disclosures, background checks, standard services plans; guarantee appropriate levels of training and competency and well as liability insurance; and provide worker and anti-discrimination protections for home care workforce, including personal care attendants (PCAs).