People with disabilities, personal care attendants upset about new state policy

PCAs limited to 40-hour work weeks, under Baker administration plan

BOSTON (WWLP) – People with disabilities and their caregivers rallied on the State House steps Tuesday, to express frustration with a new policy of Governor Charlie Baker’s administration. The policy limits overtime hours for personal care attendants, or PCAs.

The state policy took effect on September 1, limiting the number of hours that PCAs can work to 40 each week, with some exceptions allowing for 60 hours.

Disabled residents are worried that the new overtime restrictions will impact their ability to find reliable, day-to-day care. PCAs fear that they will have to get a second job.

Carmen Rosado, an advocate for the Stavros Center for Independent Living in Amherst told 22News that she thinks the Baker administration’s new policy is putting her independence at risk.

“I have to depend on them to wake me up, to feed me, to dress me, and if I don’t have them, then I would need to be in a nursing home, where I don’t want to be,” Rosado said.

The Baker Administration said that the PCA program is getting more expensive each year, and that the restrictions are to “ensure program sustainability.”

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