Services under FIS and BI waivers are vital for people with disabilities to remain in the community. It became much easier to manage when Appendix K went into effect to allow parents of minors and spouses to act as paid caregivers.
Finding a qualified caregiver through an agency or under consumer directed care has been difficult for years and only became more difficult during the pandemic. Adding in a barrier to require parents and spouses to be registered through an agency to be paid for caring for their loved ones only makes their lives harder.
Caring for a child and/or person with disabilities can be difficult. Please do not make it harder, please allow for caregivers to continue on with providing care and being paid for this vital work.