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24-plus hour days billed by home health workers

Glenn Howatt and Pam Louwagie of the Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minn.) revealed that the state paid a home health care worker who billed for three 32 hour work days.  The Star Tribune investigation found that in at least 21 cases last summer, "the state Department of Human Services paid agencies where care attendants supposedly worked more than 24 hours a day."  The investigation also revealed that the state failed to enforce limits on the number of hours caregivers could work - a measure meant "to control costs and keep clients safe from overworked caregivers."

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