Judge Blocks Plan That Would Restrict Workers From In-Home Care
On Tuesday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge David Hunter ruled that a plan by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to prevent individuals convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors from serving as caregivers in the In-Home Supportive Services program would cause irreparable harm to both patients and caregivers, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The restrictions were set to take effect this week.
Some IHSS workers said the governor's proposal would prevent some patients from having their preferred caregiver (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 8/25).
In February, Hunter ruled that the governor's proposed IHSS restrictions exceeded state authority.
Schwarzenegger appealed the ruling (California Healthline, 8/20).
State law already prohibits certain individuals from working for IHSS if they have been convicted, within the past 10 years, of:
- Child abuse;
- Elder abuse; or
- Defrauding Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program.
Hunter's most recent ruling keeps his previous decision in place, while the Schwarzenegger administration continues its appeal (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 8/25).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.