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Concerns for home health care patients

LANSING (WTVB) - It was a matter brought up last Friday in Coldwater at the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging monthly meeting and now, the Michigan Department of Community Health will begin doing background checks again and will prohibit some felons from delivering in-home care to elderly and disabled Medicaid patients. Last week an audit revealed that there were 38-hundred convicts working in the program, which stopped doing background checks when the Snyder Administration changed the program. Angela Minicuci says most of them are not considered risks. Since they have the ability to choose, many of the patients pick relatives for their home health care aide, even if they know they have a criminal history.  She says felons who were convicted of sex crimes and violent offenses may now be banned from future employment with these patients already vulnerable enough. A study by the Auditor General revealed that about 17% of the home healthcare work force was made up of ex-offenders.