Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
The third paragraph of section 4 of chapter 19A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out clause (c) and inserting in place thereof the following clause:-
(c) to encourage and assist communities to plan, develop and implement home care programs which shall be operated either by agencies organized by the commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof or by nonprofit corporations organized under chapter one hundred and eighty and which shall be designated by the department. Any hospital or nursing home licensed by the department of public health pursuant to the provisions of chapter one hundred and eleven shall not be eligible to operate home care programs under this chapter. A majority of the governing body of the aforesaid home care providers shall be persons sixty years of age or older who reside in the cities or towns served by said provider. Home care programs shall include, but not be limited to case management, homemaker and chore services, transportation, protective services, and information and referral; provided, however, that the department may include additional services where feasible; and, provided further, that any council on aging may be a member of its designated area agency on aging without being required to join or make payment to a home care provider.