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Important Message for People with Medicaid Waivers

posted Mar 3, 2016, 12:39 PM by Mary Lopez

Consumer-Directed Attendants Would Not be Allowed to Work More Than 40 Hours a Week

Final Days to Communicate with Legislators

Overtime for hours worked more than 40 in a week currently being paid to Medicaid consumer-directed attendants will end.

The House and Senate of the Virginia General Assembly have adopted amendments that would prohibit consumer-directed attendants from working more than 40 hours a week.

The Budget Conference Committee is negotiating the final budget. It is expected that they will complete their work by Monday.

If you disagree with the cap on consumer-directed attendant hours, contact members of the Budget Conference Committee and your state Senator and Delegate now. The Budget Conference Committee members are listed below:
Delegate Kirk Cox, 804-698-1066, DelKCox@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Tag Greason, 804-698-1032, DelTGreason@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Chris Jones, 804-698-1076, DelCJones@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Steve Landes, 804-698-1025, DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov
Delegate John O’Bannon, 804-698-1073, DelJOBannon@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Luke Torian, 804-698-1052, DelLTorian@hourse.virginia.gov 
Senator Emmett Hanger, 804-698-7524, district24@senate.virginia.gov
Senator Janet Howell, 804-698-7532, district32@senate.virginia.gov
Senator Steve Newman, 804-698-7523, district23@senate.virginia.gov
Senator Thomas Norment, 804-698-7503, district03@senate.virginia.gov
Senator Frank Ruff, 804-698-7515, district15@senate.virginia.gov
Senator Richard Saslaw, 804-698-7535, district35@senate.virginia.gov
Senator Frank Wagner, 804-698-7507, district07@senate.virginia.gov

Contact information for your Senator and Delegate:

List of Delegates
Richard Anderson (PWC) 1-804-698-1051 DelRAnderson@house.virginia.gov

John Bell (PWC) 1-804-698-1087 DelJBell@house.virginia.gov

Mark L Cole (FAQ) 1-804-698-1088 DelMCole@house.virginia.gov

L. Mark Dudenhefer (PWC) 1-804-698-1002 DelMDudenhefer@house.virginia.gov

Timothy D Hugo (PWC) 1-804-698-1040 DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov

L.Scott Linremfelter (PWC, FAQ) 1-804-698-1031 DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov

Robert G Marshell (PWC MAN PK,Man) 1-804-698-1013 DelBMarshall@house.virginia.gov

Jackson H Miller (PWC, MAN) 1-804-698-1050 DelJmiller@house.virginia.gov

Luke E Torian (PWC) 1-804-698-1052 DelTorian@house.virginia.gov

Michael J Webert (FAQ) 1-804-698-1018 DelMWebert@house.virginia.gov

List of senators 
George L Barker (PWC) 1-804-698-7539 Rm # 315 district39@senate.virginia.gov

Richard H Black (PWC) 1-804-698-7513 district13@senate.virginia.gov

Jeremy S McPike (MAN, MANP, PWC) 1-804-698-7529 district29@senate.virginia.gov

Scott A Sorovell (PWC) 1-804-698-7536 district36@senate.virginia.gov

Jill Holtzman Vogel (FAQ) 1-804-698-7527 district27@senate.virginia.gov

This budget action would not limit the number of hours that an individual can use each week for consumer-directed personal care, respite or companion supports (in other words, if given 56 hours a person can still use 56 hours, but only 40 from one personal attendant.) This is about the number of hours that the consumer-directed attendant can work. People with disabilities could hire multiple consumer-directed attendants; no consumer-directed attendant could work more than 40 hours in a week.

Live-in consumer-directed attendants would not be impacted by this change. They are not subject to overtime provisions.

Please share this information with others who use consumer-directed supports.

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