Patients and Caregivers Have Concerns with Proposed Overtime Limits

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Springfield - Governor Bruce Rauner has crossed paths with many in the state since being elected, and for many healthcare workers in the state, the governor's proposals to limit overtime hours on them isn't sitting well.

Supporters say their clients some of the most needy, and most vulnerable in Illinois.

They say that they're unable to take care of themselves without help, and they're also unable to pay for that help without the assistance of the state.

"He is paralyzed from the neck down, and relies on us for just about everything as simple as scratching an itch, restroom needs, bathing, dressing, and mobility," said one father at the Capitol on Thursday.

"These are services of a very personal an intimate nature, so you don't want just anybody coming into your home and provide those kind of services," said another person.

"Why would Bruce Rauner, and the DHS department want to disrupt the system that we've worked so hard his entire life to perfect," asked another parent.

On Thursday, patients and personal assistants shared their concerns during a hearing in Springfield.

The state says that those who receive state dollars to help pay for in-home health care have to make changes in how much a person can work for them, and while tough, it's the best way to help cut down on costs statewide.


"I think our concern here, also, is that customers rely one caregiver and that's probably not a good way to handle situation.  What happens if that primary caregiver gets sick, or is injured and can't care form?  So they really do need to have additional providers and backup," said Vivian Anderson with the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Even after Thursday's hearing, the conversation will likely continue you through the fall veto session, and possibly beyond.

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