CICERO, Ill. — State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero helped pass legislation that will help improve care for individuals with disabilities by helping loved ones provide needed services.
“This legislation is a step towards fostering a society that prioritizes choices and dignity for individuals with disabilities,” said Hernandez. “It’s time we make it easier to get our loved ones the help and care they need to live a more comfortable and stable life.”
Hernandez passed Senate Bill 505, which ensures individuals enrolled in the Home Services Program can now receive care from a guardian, kin, or siblings. Expanding who may be eligible providers will create greater flexibility and choice for those requiring assistance, promoting increased independence and personalized care.
Furthermore, the bill addresses the issue of wages for personal assistants so that these wages and other benefits will no longer count against the benefits received by guardians. This provision will alleviate the financial burdens faced by guardians while still ensuring fair compensation for personal assistants.
“I am committed to continuing my advocacy for the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities,” said Hernandez. “We are empowering Illinois families to provide personal care services so that they may ensure their loved ones receive the support they need with reduced financial strain.”
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