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Kitzhaber Signs Homecare Worker Law, Opening Registry to Private Payment

SB 1542 was pushed by SEIU and senior advocates, giving middle-class seniors a new option, in addition to private home care agencies, to help them stay in their homes while meeting the needs of daily living. The state homecare workers, previously available only for Medicaid clients, will soon be open for all.

Gov. John Kitzhaber officially signed Senate Bill 1542 into law Thursday, creating a new option for middle-class seniors striving to stay in their homes -- hiring a homecare worker off the state’s registry.

Private Homecare Agencies Worry About Competition from State

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Some businesses that offer in-home care services have grave concerns about their ability to compete with the state’s home care workers, which nearly derailed SB 1542. But the leader of the Oregon Health Care Association believes that the state won’t be able to compete with his agencies’ cheaper, more comprehensive services.

A new law that will expand the state home care Medicaid registry onto the open market has some private agencies who offer this kind of care worried that the state is butting in on their business.

Other observers maintain that the public option will have little or no effect on their ability to provide quality care to seniors.

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