LASA is concerned about significant issues with the implementation of the Increasing Choice in Home Care (ICHC) reforms. We have collected Member input and consulted with other peaks to develop a LASA submission to Government which makes it very clear that the issues need urgent rectification.
We have written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Ministers Wyatt, Tudge and Hunt and the Departments of Health and Human Services, enclosing the submission.
The submission details 17 outstanding implementation issues identified through consultation with our Members. These issues have been mapped against a risk framework to drawn out the most salient issues for Government response. Recommendations have also been provided. There are three main issues presented in the Executive Summary of the paper:
- Low consumer activation rates of home care packages
- Barriers to consumer access to home care package activation
- Accumulation of unpaid subsidies for home care package providers.
LASA will keep Members informed of developments as we continue to advocate on this important issue.