Home Care Patient Protection Act
The Georgia State Legislature has passed and implemented House Bill 183 which revises the classification of individuals that provide services on behalf of a Private Home Care Provider Agency. A copy of the bill is attached. Effective immediately, companion sitters and personal care assistants must be W2 employees rather than 1099 independent contractors.
Certified nursing assistants (CNA) are not licensed. They go through a series of classes and receive a ‘certification’ which is different from being licensed. CNAs would fall under this change and can no longer be independent contractors.
“We are excited to see the passing of this bill”, commented Libby Able, RN, President of HomeNurse, Inc. “It is long overdue and this will benefit our entire industry from the care provider to the patient.” Most importantly, the quality of overall care within our programs will surely rise”.
The link to view the legislation as passed by both the House and the Senate of the Georgia General Assembly is: