Posted on April 3, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
Photo: Chaim Gewirtzman, left, provides the 2019 Outstanding Leadership Award to Rep. Jay Case, right, at the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Hartford – State Representative Jay Case (R-Winsted) was recognized on Wednesday morning by the Association of Homecare Agencies & Home Care Association of America Connecticut. The organization provided him with recognition this morning with their 2019 Outstanding Leadership Award.
“We have to make sure that we do not inhibit our home care agencies from helping our community’s seniors. I continually advocate for policies that will ensure resources are available for our parents and grandparents. I oppose any legislation that would force home care agencies to share private data with the state. We should be leveraging our partnerships with private home care agencies, not putting emphasis on policies that will stress that relationship,” explained Rep. Jay Case, who serves as a Ranking Member on the legislature’s Human Services Committee.
At the award ceremony, there was literature explaining the detrimental legislative proposals that could severely impact these service providers. The bills identified were Senate Bill 1051, An Act Strengthening Home Care Services, which would require mass data sharing with the Dept. of Consumer Protecting including identifying information about employees. Additionally, House Bill 7164, would institute a non-compete clause, which could negatively impact current agreements agencies have with clients.
Rep. Case voted against both pieces of legislation, despite them being both moved forward through the committee process.
“We have a long way to go before the end of session. There are some good ideas behind these concepts, but the unintended consequences of them passing as written could have a chilling effect on the home care industry in general. I think we need to work with our agencies and listen to the concerns brought forth to the Capitol today by these key stakeholders. It’s important to remember, our seniors have paid their dues, it’s now our turn to take care of them,” concluded Rep. Case.