The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 26, 2013

Home health providers eligible for unemployment


Associated Press

— The Minnesota Court of Appeals says home health care providers are eligible for unemployment benefits when their job ends, even if they cared for a family member.

The court disagrees with the state Department of Employment and Economic Development rule against paying unemployment to immediate family caregivers.

The case involves 50-year-old James Weir, of Richfield, who provided care for his mother under the state's medical assistance program that allows some family members to work for relatives. Weir applied for unemployment after his mother died in December 2011, but the state denied his claim.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/XY3TRE ) says the law banning jobless benefits for family caregivers was the result of concerns that fraud was more prevalent among people who care for relatives. The appeals court says there's no evidence to back that claim.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com