SENATE BILL 206 SURVEY
FOR DIRECT CARE WORKERS
May 30, 2008
To: Habilitation, Respite and Homemaker Employees
Home Health and Hospice Employees
Nursing Facility Employees
Swing Bed Employees
From: Kelly Williams, Administrator
Senior and Long Term Care Division
Subject: Employee Health Insurance Survey – Due June 23, 2008
The 2007 Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 206 that directed the Department of Public Health and Human Services conduct a study of Medicaid funded direct care service providers and their direct care employees in order to assess the feasibility of providing funding for employee health insurance.
As part of that study effort we are gathering information from your employer, and direct care workers like you, on their current access to health insurance. We are asking several questions so that we better understand the challenges you face in accessing health insurance as well as some questions about you and your family.
We have asked your employer to distribute to you for your completion the following survey form. We ask that you complete the information to the best of your ability and mail or fax it to the Senior and Long Term Care Division. We have asked for the assistance of your employer to allow you to fax the completed forms to us on their fax or that they would also be willing to collect completed surveys and mail them back to us.
SB 206 requires the Department gather information, study this issue, and provide a report on the feasibility of implementing this health insurance approach for employees who provide direct services. There has been no commitment for future funding or implementation of this model at the current time.
The information you provide will be used to report to the legislature about the value of health insurance for direct care workers and we would appreciate it if you would complete the enclosed survey and return it to us by June 23, 2008. Your input is very important to this process.
If you have any questions please contact your employer or you may contact the Senior and Long Term Care Division at 406-444-4077.