Senators Urge Delay in the Department of Labor's New Companionship Exemption Rule
Lawmakers have asked for NAHC's help in urging more lawmakers to sign the letter
September 25, 2014 10:32 AM
Last Thursday, Senators Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) began circulating a letter that asks the Secretary of Labor to delay the effective date (January 1, 2015) of the new companionship exemption rule. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have since added their names to the letter.
The Senators have asked for NAHC’s help is garnering support for the letter and the proposed delay in the companionship exemption rule. Please urge your Senators to sign on the Johanns/Alexander letter seeking a delay in the implementation of the new companionship rule. A copy of the letter and an informative one-pager are available for download at the bottom of this article.
For contact information, please click here: Contact Your Elected Officials. When calling, ask the receptionist to connect you with the staffer who handles labor issues. If the staffers say they have not seen the letter, offer to forward it to them.
Time is of the essence as signatures of support are due to Ally Mendenhall in Senator Johanns’ office by early Friday morning of this week to be included on the Johanns/Alexander letter which will be sent to the Secretary of Labor on Friday.
NAHC has been receiving indications that the Department of Labor may be seriously considering a delay in the companionship services/live-in rule
changes. The potential for a delay is mainly due to the Medicaid concerns raised by the National Association of Medicaid Directors and the National Council on Disability.
A major effort to get signers on to the Senator Johanns letter might help to sway the Department of Labor. NAHC recognizes that the rule change will not have the same effect in all states given that some have already eliminated the exemption. However, NAHC is unaware of any state that has eliminated the “live-in domestic services” exemption.
The support to date has come only from Republican senators. It is expected that this will continue.
It would be greatly appreciated if NAHC members could encourage their Senate offices to sign on.
To view the letter, please click here.
To view the one-pager, please click here.