Human service providers, Baker administration still negotiating over rate reimbursement lawsuit

Human service providers, Baker administration still negotiating over rate reimbursement lawsuit

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Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is continuing to negotiate with a coalition of social service providers to settle a lawsuit over reimbursement rates, even as both sides say they anticipate reaching an agreement.

"Now with this new administration, we're trying to really work things out with them," said Michael Weekes, president and CEO of the Providers' Council, an umbrella organization representing human service providers.

A coalition of human and social service providers sued the state this summer, arguing that then-governor Deval Patrick's administration failed to fully implement a 2008 law raising the reimbursement rates for human service workers who contract with the state. The law covers workers who work with people who are homeless, elderly, have substance abuse problems, have disabilities, are victims of domestic violence, are at-risk youth or others. The law requires the state hold a public hearing, then set rates that are reasonable to cover the costs incurred by social service providers. Although the rates were required to be fully updated by Jan. 1, 2014, fewer than 40 percent of rates had been updated by then.

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