Legislative Changes 2014
5% Increased Reimbursement Rate!
The state legislature has granted PCA Agencies, among others who work to assist people with disabilities to stay in their homes, a 5% reimbursement rate increase! This is huge news for us, after several years of deep cuts to the reimbursement rate, which forced wages to be cut as well.
We are pleased to announce that as a direct result of the increase, all DSPs employed with MCIL will be receiving a sixty cent raise, starting July 1st, 2014! The PAS Program is also raising the starting rate for DSPs with no experience to $10.00 an hour, and will now be able to match wages up to $12.50 an hour. Through this wage increase, and the associated costs, MCIL is giving 95% of the 5% increase back to the DSPs directly. This is significantly above the 80% required by the state.
Over Time Changes
Federal law dictating the type of employee Direct Support Professionals are is changing January 1st, 2015. DSPs are currently except from federal overtime laws, because of their classification of employment as “comfort care workers.” This is why, in Minnesota, DSPs don’t start accruing overtime pay until they have billed more than 48 hours in one week.
Starting on January 1st, 2015, DSPs will only be able to bill each agency they work for up to 40 hours in one week before getting overtime pay. We understand this will deeply affect many DSPs and consumers. Unless arranged in advance, DSPs may not work overtime hours with MCIL.