I am writing to express my strong opposition to the proposed new regulations for Virginia Medicaid waivers. As you are aware, for years, the families of disabled Virginians have been paid to take full-time care of their loved ones. However, under the proposed regulations, these caregivers would be required to be employees of a licensed homecare agency. I believe this change would create an undue burden on the caregivers and their families.
As a society, we have a moral obligation to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens receive the care they need. For many disabled Virginians, that care comes from their families. These caregivers have a unique understanding of their loved ones' needs and are often the best equipped to provide the necessary care. By requiring them to become employees of a licensed homecare agency, we are taking away their independence and ability to care for their loved ones in the way they see fit.
Furthermore, this change would create a financial burden on the families of disabled Virginians. Caregiving is often a full-time job, and many families rely on the income they receive from Medicaid to make ends meet. By forcing them to become employees of a licensed homecare agency, they may lose their income, leaving them unable to support themselves and their loved ones.
I urge you to reconsider these proposed regulations and find a solution that does not harm the families of disabled Virginians. Instead, we should be supporting them and ensuring that they have the resources they need to provide the best possible care for their loved ones.
Thank you for your consideration.