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SB19-238

Improve Wages And Accountability Home Care Workers

Concerning home care agencies, and, in connection therewith, requiring certain agencies to expend a minimum percentage of their reimbursements from the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act" as wages for employees who provide direct care, requiring the department of health care policy and financing to enforce training requirements and request an increase to the reimbursement rate for certain services provided under the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act", and making an appropriation.
Session:
2019 Regular Session
Subject:
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The bill states that on and after July 1, 2020, the hourly minimum wage for persons who provide personal care services, homemaker services, or in-home support services for which a home care agency (agency) may receive reimbursement pursuant to the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act" is $12.41 per hour.

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF) and the department of public health and environment, in consultation with stakeholders, on or before January 1, 2020, to establish a process for reviewing and enforcing initial and ongoing training requirements for persons who provide covered services.

HCPF is required to request from the federal government an increase of 8.1% to the reimbursement rate for certain services that are delivered to consumers through the home-based and community-based services waivers. For the 2019-20 fiscal year, each agency shall pay 100% of the funding that results from the rate increase as compensation for employees who provide covered services to consumers. For the 2020-21 fiscal year, each agency shall pay 85% of the funding that results from the rate increase as compensation for employees who provide covered services to consumers.

Each agency shall track and report how it used any funding resulting from the increase using a reporting tool developed by HCPF. HCPF may recoup part or all of the funding resulting from the increase if HCPF determines that an agency:

  • Did not use 100% of any funding resulting from the rate increase to increase compensation for nonadministrative employees for the 2019-20 fiscal year;
  • Did not use 85% of the funding resulting from the rate increase to increase compensation for nonadministrative employees for the 2020-21 fiscal year; or
  • Failed to track and report how it used any funds resulting from the increase in the reimbursement rate.

The bill appropriates $5,682,377 to HCPF to implement the bill.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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