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Kansas Attorney General Criticizes Federal Home Health Laws

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says new federal regulations threaten home health care services in Kansas.

Schmidt asked a federal appeals court on Monday to affirm a lower court ruling that blocked new U.S. Department of Labor regulations. In a court brief, Schmidt argued the federal agency overstepped its authority by s requiring overtime pay for home health care workers and reducing the services they can provide.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports eight other attorneys general joined Schmidt in the court brief.

The attorneys general argue Congress specifically exempted home health care workers from federal overtime rules. They also argue new rules on the types of services home health care workers may provide undermine the government's desire to allow senior citizens to receive care in their homes.

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