Posted on: January 10, 2017

Ohio DODD to host public hearing on HCBS and independent providers

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) will host a public hearing Thursday, February 9 at 10 a.m. to gather input on a proposed new rule, 5123:2-9-03, Home and Community-Based Services Waivers  - Limits on Number of Hours an Independent Provider May Provide Home and Community-Based Services in a Work Week.  This proposed rule is in response to the U.S. Department of Labor Home Care Final Rule that applies minimum wage and overtime protections to domestic service workers, including those who provide services to individuals enrolled in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers.  It places a limit on the number of hours an independent provider may provide HCBS in a work week, and establishes a process and the circumstances under which the limit may be exceeded. 

Time and Location of Hearing

This hearing will be held in the Lobby Hearing Room of the Rhodes State Office Tower, located at 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, 43215.  It will begin at 10 a.m., and continue until all persons in attendance have an opportunity to testify. 

Submitting Written Testimony

Individuals unable to attend the hearing may submit written comments.  Any written comments received on or before the public hearing date will be treated as testimony, and made available for public review.  Written comments may be submitted to Becky Phillips, Administrative Rules Coordinator, via email to; via fax to 614-752-8551; or by U.S. Mail to her at 30 East Broad Street, 12th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-3414.

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