There are two distinct and stark opposing political forces that have opinions about the state of home care in the country and in certain states. While Illinois has garnered a tremendous amount of media coverage in recent months about the massive fraud that has infected its home care industry, there has also been a major battle between the state’s government and unions.
Unions moved in a few years ago and successfully convinced political leaders in the state to classify the men and women being reimbursed for their support services of family to be considered eligible for union memberships and, as an ancillary benefit, subject to union dues. The Supreme Court disagreed in part and stated people could opt out while still reaping the benefits of contract negotiations reached with the assistance of said union.
In response to some of these changes, Governor Rauner has sought to change the course of home care services and find a way to make it more fiscally responsible and feasible for residents in the future. Democrats claim the governor is seeking to leave the elderly and disabled without any support while Republicans claim the current system is not sustainable and if something isn’t changed there won’t be funds available in the future to assist anyone.
As the CT Post noted in its blog, Illinois governor again rejects elderly home care plan:
“Gov. Bruce Rauner has again vetoed plans to prevent changes his administration want to make to in-home services aimed at keeping elderly Illinois residents out of nursing homes.
The Republican issued a veto message on Friday, saying the bill would reduce the ability “to assess and serve Illinois’ elderly and persons with disabilities.”
However, advocates of the proposal say changing in-home services could result in more expensive nursing home care. The plan would’ve put eligibility standards Rauner wants changed into law.”
Media outlets across the country are invested in forging public opinion when the goal should be reporting facts and allowing readers to decide on the veracity of one idea or another. Illinois’ governor didn’t ‘again reject’ elderly home care plan; he rejected one plan put forth by Democratic leaders.
The condition of the home care industry in the country, and in Illinois, is straining due to lower reimbursement rates at the federal level, efforts to combat fraud and abuse, and bring more agencies and caregivers into a consistent set of regulations and compliance. To help strengthen and improve the home care industry for the decades to come should be the priority of those who claim to care about the elderly and disabled and that doesn’t work when short-term only solutions are presented or when disingenuous reporting is permitted.
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