Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living Writes Op/Ed Article on the Companionship Exemption
August 16, 2013 11:36 AM
Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living, recently wrote an opinion piece on the companionship exemption that was published on July 29, 2013 in The Washington Examiner.
In her article, Ms. Buckland states that the proposed change to the companionship exemption:
“Will sharply increase the costs of in-home services, force people with disabilities to bring multiple people into their homes, reduce the availability of family and friend attendants and cut the take home pay of attendants…
The reason for the [companionship] carve-out was such services aren't like a normal nine-to-five job. In-home attendants often work odd hours and it may often be a family member they're working for. They grow close to the people they work for and the continuity of care they provide an individual with disabilities is vitally important…
This rule change would effectively eliminate the "live-in companion" model, where an attendant lives with an individual, which for many families is an ideal arrangement.
If this exemption is eliminated, NCIL and many others in the disability community believe it will significantly impact the continuity of care provided to individuals with disabilities, particularly people with the most significant disabilities.”
To read the full article, please click here.