In-home Care Standards Bill
Rep. Johnson sponsors bill to protect Alaska’s disabled seniors
Friday, February 23, 2018, Juneau, Alaska – Representative DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer) wants to ensure Alaska’s senior citizens receiving in-home care are being assisted by qualified individuals by establishing standards and qualifications. Currently only an in-home care agency accepting Medicaid or other direct state funding requires state oversight.
“In Alaska, child daycares, hairdressers and dozens of other businesses are required by statute to meet certain minimum standards, qualifications, pass examinations and be licensed, yet the people we entrust with the in-home care of our senior citizens are not required to meet any standards. This is not acceptable,” said Rep. Johnson.
House Bill 366 would create minimum requirements, like background checks, for licensed in-home care workers without adding burdensome regulations. Rep. Johnson’s bill is crafted to provide appropriate in-home care standards for seniors who are not able to use Medicaid.
“HB366 satisfies an essential need that is not being met which is allowing seniors to remain at home with an assurance of qualified care. I will never advocate for excess or unnecessary regulation of any kind, and I am not doing that here. I am looking out for our seniors, who have earned the right to competent, reliable, affordable in-home assistance,” said Rep. Johnson.
HB366 has been referred to Health and Social Services and Labor and Commerce committees.
For more information contact Press Secretary Mallory Walser Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov