Lawyers: a flawless reform pushing caregivers into bankruptcy

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – As lawmakers returned to Lansing on Wednesday, they encountered large crowds demanding action to fix what they say was broken during the faultless auto reform of 2019.

Advocates, caregivers and patients who need long-term, home health care want a provision in the reforms that has changed payment for these services. Caregivers say they are forced to provide services up to $ 8 an hour less than before new tariffs have entered into force Last year.

In just over 6 months since the change, advocates say, many caregivers have left their businesses and many more could follow.

“People are losing care, people are dying and there is going to be a massive increase in clients already invading hospital systems if nothing is done about it,” said Brandon Monroe of First Light Home Care. “They are depriving people of care by underfunding and underpaying for services that do not allow companies like ours to continue to provide these great services and keep them out of hospital.”

A bill that would reduce these refunds to pre-reform rates is circulating in Lansing and at least one supporter believes enough lawmakers are on board to pass it. It is not known when this legislation can be implemented.

Time is running out, some caregivers say, before more long-term patients lose their care and more businesses go bankrupt.

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