Court Rulings Could Nearly Double Home Health Aid Costs

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 25, 2017
HealthBenefits

Two separate state court rulings have determined that home health aides that work 24-hour shifts must be paid for all 24 hours, not the 13 that has been traditional industry practice, a move that could effectively double costs for clients, according to Craine's New York Business. The two agencies targeted by the class action suits, New York Health Care and Future Care Health Services, were instructed by the state government to follow the policy of paying workers for only 13 hours of a 24-hour shift, which in turn was justified with a 2010 opinion letter from the New York Department of Labor. Future Care Health Services is considering taking the matter to the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state. The Health Department also plans to review the decision for possible appeal. 

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