Those receiving homecare support may have to pay some of the costs themselves in the future.
At present, homecare support services are provided free, unlike residential care under the Fair Deal scheme where people make a contribution towards the cost.
The Irish Times are reporting today that Minister of State for Older People, Jim Daly, is looking at a new co-payment charging system for homecare support.
He says the proposed new reforms, if approved by Cabinet, could come into effect in 2021.
Sligo Leitrim Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon says the move must be blocked