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Deadline Looming For In-Home Care Providers to Re-Enroll

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Aired 6/21/10

California social services officials are urging providers of in-home care for the disabled to re-enroll in the state's program or risk not getting paid for their work.

California social services officials are urging providers of in-home care for the disabled to re-enroll in the state's program or risk not getting paid for their work.

Last year's budget included an anti-fraud initiative for the In Home Supportive Services program. The initiative had a requirement for caregivers to re-enroll in the program to allow for fingerprinting and criminal background checks.

So far, 330,000 caregivers have started the re-enrollment process. But the state says at least 20,000 in-home care providers have not yet begun even though the deadline to start is June 30. Those who miss the deadline will not get paid for their services beyond this month.

The state has been tardy in giving instructions on the new enrollment process. State social services officials say litigation regarding which crimes would exclude providers created the delays.

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