Advocates & Stakeholders Keep Up Fight to Protect Overtime Hours, Consumer Choice and Independence through Legislature

Media Alert

HB 3376 presents responsible approach to overtime for consumers in the Home Services Program, correcting mistakes of misguided Rauner policy.

Springfield - Advocates, workers and people with disabilities in the DHS Home Services Program (HSP) will testify in support of House Bill 3376 at the House Human Services Committee Hearing on Wednesday, March 29 at 8 a.m. and will hold a media availability immediately following.

HB 3376 is legislation in response to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) vote that approved Bruce Rauner’s dangerous overtime policy that caps hours for caregivers at 45 hours per week and diminishes consumer control and choice over their care, without providing clarity on key qualifications for exceptions, such as determining who is medically complex.

HB 3376 provides reasonable caps on hours without harming consumers (55 hours per week, up to 66 hours with robust exception guidelines), protects consumer choice for 8,000 consumers in the Home Services Program, and protects taxpayers by ensuring that those 8,000 consumers can continue to receive quality, affordable care in their homes instead of costly institutional care.

WHAT: Media availability with advocates and people with disabilities in the Home Services Program

WHEN: Wednesday, March 29 – Immediately following 8 a.m. House Human Services Committee Hearing

WHERE: Outside Room 114 Capitol Building, Springfield, IL


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Contact:

Kaitlin DeCero (kaitlin.decero@seiuhcil.org) or
Gary Arnold (Garnold@accessliving.org)