Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Board of Medical Assistance Services
Standards Established and Methods Used to Assure High Quality Care [12 VAC 30 ‑ 60]
Action Electronic Visit Verification
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 3/21/2020
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3/20/20  5:53 pm
Commenter: T. C.

hring would you take this job

Comments on the EOR Draft Handbook Chapter Five-: Hiring an Attendant

Here is the sample "Want Ad" for finding attendant services to keep people living in the community 

and not living in an institution.  You should include this in Chapter Five for the benefit of the EORs.

Hiring: A job featuring:  

  • no health benefits, 
  • no vacation pay,
  • no sick time,
  • no disability,
  • no workers’ compensation, 
  • no retirement or 401K plan,
  • GPS monitored time logging that tracks you which you must download on your phone, use your own data plan and minutes to support,
  • The hourly amount is below minimum wage and set by the General Assembly and there is no negotiation.  (Never mind you can go to Walmart or McDonald's and get a job for more money with benefits.) and
  • Supported individuals must be taken out into the community and no reimbursement for your gas or transportation expenses you spend.

Additionally, you need compassion and expect to be mentally and physically exhausted all for less than minimum wage.

This is the job for you!! Job requirements: Suitable Candidate must enjoy:

  • Working in an environment with a general sense of mistrust and being treated as guilty until EVV (a broken and unreliable system) proves you innocent?
  • Being overseen by indifferent, abusive and over-loaded caseworkers that let services expire dropping the ball on paperwork and don’t answer the phone or email? (Seriously, you can’t get anyone on the phone.)
  • Working in an environment that when there a problem- the overlords will fix the "glitch" in their software, (we hope) within 60 days.  
  • Working hard and knowing that you can't be sure when you will be paid or even if you will be paid or that the amount will be correct.
  • Knowing that your employer will be a stressed-out family who is overwhelmed and under threats by the government to claw back funds the overlords deem invalidly paid.
  • Being required to follow guidelines that are contained in multiple regulations without any clear instructions on how to interpret regulations.
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