IHSS Advocates Push Back on Plans for Unannounced Home Visits

Stakeholders in a California program that provides care for elderly and disabled individuals are pushing back against a law authorizing investigators to make unannounced home visits. The policy, approved as part of the July 2009 budget deal, is intended to root out fraud and maintain quality of care for people receiving benefits from the In-Home Supportive Services program. But several dozen IHSS recipients, caretakers and disabled-rights advocates who testified Tuesday at a public hearing warned that the visits would subject law-abiding program participants to what some characterized as a witch hunt.



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