Posts Tagged ‘At-Home Care Patients Bill of Rights (SB 1370)’

Home Health Care Bill of Rights Would Prohibit Discrimination

January 19, 2012

By Diane C. Lade, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Floridians receiving professional home health care could become among the few in the nation with their own bill of rights. Among the guarantees: Appointment times that are honored, disclosure of out-of-pocket costs and quality care.

But under the proposal being considered by Florida legislators this session, home health agencies would have rights, too, including one likely to spark much debate: Clients would have to accept all qualified assistants in their home “regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation,” according to SB 1370. Patients or their families also would need to tell agencies in advance which primary language is spoken in the home. (more…)