Home care is a major focus of government efforts to reduce the cost of health care, which escalates exponentially as people get older.

That's why more than 2.5 million Americans now work in the home-care field, beyond the direct provision of medical services. They provide the daily living support services that make it possible for larger number of older Americans to continue living at home.

Now the Department of Labor wants to ensure that those workers are treated fairly by including them in provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Basically, they would be assured of receiving the federal minimum wage and overtime as defined by federal law.

Home care workers have been exempted from those standards because the job used to be a minor niche, rather than a fundamental component of life in modern America.

The administration should implement the change.