Archive for Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kansas fights labor rule for home health workers

August 21, 2014, 8:17 a.m. Updated August 21, 2014, 1:58 p.m.


— Gov. Sam Brownback says he's not sure the federal government knows the unintended consequences of a planned labor overtime rule that aims to protect domestic service workers.

Brownback met Thursday with home health caregivers and their charges at the Independent Living Resource Center in Wichita to rally opposition to the regulation.

Kansas contends the rule that takes effect next year would increase the cost of services for Kansans who receive home-based care.

The state has asked U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez for an exemption or delay for disabled and elderly Kansans who direct their own care. The governor is asking the public to contact the Labor Department to voice their concerns.

The rule is designed to ensure domestic service workers are protected by federal wage and overtime rules.


Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 8 months ago

A much better question is how to make sure that home workers are not scamming Medicare. The Washington Post has an interesting article on four ways to scam Medicare and this is on the list with hospice care, both of which are now big business.

In order to protect everyone who genuinely needs this care and all kinds of health care there has got to be oversight.


Phillip Chappuie 3 years, 8 months ago

I can tell you that HCBS waiver funded direct line workers leave those positions for the higher paying fast food industry in some cases. The Governor might want to look at that.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 8 months ago

I read the newspaper article twice. The information takes such a spin, I can't draw any conclusions. Are health care workers in Kansas not paid fairly? What's wrong with paying for overtime? If a worker is paid a flat rate, why are they part of the overtime problem? Are we underpaying healthcare workers by $30 million or have the rules been misinterpreted?

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