Governor Bruce Rauner’s new rules restricting overtime pay for home health aids passed a major test today.
Starting August 1st, caretakers will be limited to a 45-hour work-week. If people require more care, they’ll have to find an additional worker.
A news release touted the administration’s “cost saving efforts.” But Fred Flather, chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Human Services, says money is not the driving factor.
“The main thrust of this rule is to enhance customer security and safety by making sure they have enough providers, and that they’re providers are going to be fresh. And the side benefit is yeah it’s going to save a little bit of money.”
Some clients of the program expressed their dismay today at a hearing in Springfield. Many have family members paid to care for them, and say they don’t want to be forced to rely on strangers.