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Calls Needed Now on Home Care Worker Registry

Thursday, July 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
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As the Council reported on Monday, Governor Charlie Baker returned Section 13, the Home Care Worker Registry language, to the Legislature with an amendment that reflects the Council's concerns and recommendations regarding the need for privacy protections and due process for home care workers.  The Governor's amended language includes language allowing home care workers to “opt-out” of the registry. 

Yesterday, the Council distributed the attached letter to the Legislative leadership urging them to ACCEPT the Governor’s amendments on the Home Care Worker Registry included in Attachment E of his veto message.

LEGISLATIVE CALLS AND EMAILS NEEDED ASAP!

Please contact your Senator and Representative, and the Legislators who represent the districts your agency serves, with the following message:  

Sample Email Subject Title:  Request for Legislature to ACCEPT Attachment E of Governor’s Veto Message

“I am calling/writing from NAME OF AGENCY, a home care agency located in XXXXX.  We employ approximately XXX home care aides providing care to approximately XXX consumers in the community. 

We urge the Legislature to ACCEPT Governor Baker’s changes outlined in Attachment E of his veto message to amend Section 13 of H3800, the Home Care Worker Registry. Governor Baker’s recommendations will establish privacy protections and due process rights for home care workers by adding essential “opt-out” language to this proposed registry. These changes would provide home care aides with the ability to decide whether or not they would allow their personally identifiable information to be released upon request to third parties.  Please ACCEPT these recommended changes to give these dedicated direct care workers a Voice and a Choice”. 

This issue has now moved back to the Legislature for consideration.  It is important to note that the Legislature could vote to reject the proposed amendments to Section 13 issued by the Governor. With this in mind, the Council has submitted a letter to Legislative leaders encouraging them to accept Governor Baker's proposed amendments. Read the Council's letter here

We need all of our members and allies to make sure their voice is heard on this critical issue.  Remember, you can look up contact information for Legislators online at www.wheredoivotema.com or call the State House switchboard at 617-722-2000.

Time is of the essence!  Please review the attached information, share with your colleagues, and make your calls TODAY!


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