Your Benefits Book and Updates
2012-2013 Benefits Book - NEW - July 2012
Click here to view the book online - RECOMMENDED
2011-2012 Benefits Book
Click here to download the book as a PDF - UPDATED 9.19.2011
Updated Training Standards - Feb. 1, 2012
On Page 24 of the Benefits Book, the Parent Individual Provider (HCS/AAA) requirements are incorrect. Orientation is not required and MFOC is required within 180 days.
The recent budget passed by the state legislature resulted in funding cuts that impact the Training Partnership. The legislation suspended the higher training standards of Initiative 1029, which set training levels for Home Care Aides.
Basic Training Curriculum
As of July 1, 2011, Initiative 1029 – which increased basic training standards to a maximum of 75 hours – was suspended. The result was going back to previous standards which capped basic training hours at 28 and up to six hours of Safety and Orientation. In response, the Training Partnership has revised its basic training curriculum to address the new hours requirement. This revised curriculum, approved on July 14, 2011 as an ADSA alternate basic training curriculum, is called Accelerated Basic Training.
The Continuing Education requirement remains 10 hours per year. The Training Partnership provides quality Continuing Education (CE) classes that help Home Care Aides (HCA) maintain skills in the profession and provide knowledge to reach the highest standards of practice.
CE classes are widely available at 150 sites across the state and 10 classes are available online all day, every day. The classes cover a broad range of subjects. You choose the ones that are most suited to your interests and the consumers you serve.
FIND THE TRAINING YOU NEED
Use the online Training Wizard to find the training you need. TRAINING WIZARD
Training Standards and Categories
Download the new training standards and Home Care Aide categories. TRAINING STANDARDS
Health Benefits Changes
Thanks to effective organizing by Home Care Aides and strong negotiating by the Health Benefits Trust, the health benefits Home Care Aides will receive through July 31, 2012, remain largely unchanged. Although insurance premiums are increasing overall, the Home Care Aide cost share will remain the same at $25 per month.
The level of insurance coverage provided remains the same, with a few exceptions that encourage good use of Health Benefits Trust resources:
Whenever you use the Emergency Room, you will pay a $200 copay regardless of facility. However, if you are admitted to the hospital as a result of your visit to the ER, the $200 will not be charged.
As a better alternative to the Emergency Room in most situations, Urgent Care is available and your copay will be just $10 for Group Health and $30 for Kaiser.
You do not have to pay as much when accessing an in-network group of providers and facilities, including purchasing your prescription drugs.
In-network services continue to have a $0 annual deductible and $10 office visit copay. However, preventive care now is paid in full with no copay.
If you choose to access care out-of-network, your annual deductible will increase from $200 to $500.
The prescription drug copays are increasing slightly. However, by using mail-order service to receive your prescriptions, you will now receive a discount on your prescription copay.
HEALTHCARE REFORM CHANGES
As a result of Healthcare Reform, your coverage will be improved in the following ways:
There is no longer a lifetime maximum cap of benefits.
There are no longer lifetime benefit limits for essential benefits.