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The HCAOA Weekly is a brief update that will be distributed to HCAOA members each week. This communication complements our quarterly newsletter, The Voice, and will provide a vehicle for ensuring a regular flow of information on a more frequent basis. With ever evolving information in the home care industry, we want to ensure the lines of communication remain open and members have a source for quick, valuable news at their fingertips.
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Member News

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Program to Expedite Payment to American Workers


The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has announced a new nationwide pilot program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, which facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The program's primary objectives are to resolve such claims expeditiously and without litigation, to improve employers' compliance with overtime and minimum wage obligations, and to ensure that more employees receive the back wages they are owed—faster.

This news has the potential to help those HCAOA members who have encountered claims from employees regarding unpaid overtime and/or other wage-related disputes. The PAID program could serve as an opportunity for members to settle those claims more quickly and efficiently.

Click here to read more about this initiative in an official press release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Membership Benefits: Discounts on Office Supplies, Fuel Fleet Programs, and Phone Service

Did you know that many of our partner companies offer monthly discounts? For more information about the savings listed below and other great promotional offers, please visit My HCAOA.

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  • Save up to 83% on various office supplies

  • Save on copy paper: Boise 10 ream case is only $27.99 and Office Depot 8 ream case is only $22.99 case through 3/31/2018

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 Fuel Fleet Programs
  • Sunoco – Save 10 cents per gallon through 3/31/2018
  • Phillips 66, Conoco, 76 – Save 15 cents per gallon through 3/31/2018

2018 HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference Sponsorship Prospectus

Made up of over 2,700 business owners from communities across the country, HCAOA members represent millions of dollars in purchasing power each year. If you are a company that serves the home care market, you don't want to miss the opportunity to interact directly with company decision makers at an event that is guaranteed to attract top home care industry leaders.
 
The conference allows you to simultaneously introduce your company's latest products and services, and gain valuable feedback from potential customers. This ability to reach an ever-expanding audience can cultivate new leads, increase sales metrics and help your company build new relationships.
 
To learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please see the 2018 Annual Leadership Conference Sponsorship Prospectus.
 
We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC this fall!
Chapter News

HCAOA Connecticut


Chapter Chair Testifies Before General Assembly’s Aging Committee, Supports Clarifying Sleep Time for Live-In Care
 
Ray Boller, chairman of HCAOA Connecticut, testified last week before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Aging Committee in support of clarifying sleep time for home care workers providing live-in care.
 
On March 1, Mr. Boller, owner of BrightStar Care Stamford, testified in support of an amendment to a bill to clarify the sleep time exemption in the hours worked requirement from overtime pay for live-in caregivers working for home care agencies.
 
Current law allows employees providing companionship services and their employers to agree to exclude a regularly scheduled sleep period from the work hours used to determine the employee's overtime pay if the employee is required to be present at a worksite for at least 24 consecutive hours, adequate on-site sleeping facilities are provided to the employee, and the employee receives at least five hours of sleep time.
 
The proposed amendment would allow any of the home care company’s employees performing “domestic service employment,” as defined in federal regulations, and not just those providing companionship services, to enter into such an agreement.
 
The amendment would conform state law to the federal regulation and would allow home care companies in Connecticut to remain competitive. Also, the amendment is identical to a provision in the leadership amendment on the state budget adopted, but ultimately not approved, last September.
 
Mr. Boller shared with the committee how BrightStar handles live-in care. He explained to lawmakers how the fairly complex law works in practice; this personal and professional experience helps officials in crafting legislation that affects the entire industry. This participation in the legislative process and serving as a resource to the General Assembly is one of many benefits of membership with HCAOA.
 
HCAOA Connecticut is seeking the committee’s adoption of the amendment and approval by the General Assembly.

HCAOA Washington

 
Washington State Legislative Updates
 
The last day of session is March 8, and a summary of the session will be provided to chapter members. Here are some of the bills that HCAOA Washington (WAHCA) has been tracking:
 
ESHB 1047 Medicine Return finally passed after nearly 8 years of trying.
 
SB 5700 regarding home care aide training for the LGBTQ community died in the House Appropriations committee.
 
SB 6163 Telemedicine Collaborative passed to extend workgroup until 2021.
 
ESSB 6199 establishing a new agency to manage the states home care workers passed, we are opposed to it!

 

Blooming with Bloomers Conference

Join HCAOA Washington for the 11th Annual Chapter Conference!
 
Date: May 1 and 2
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pacific
Location: Embassy Suites SeaTac
 
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the 2018 Conference Chair, Jeff Wiberg at jeff.wiberg@fhccares.com.
 
Click here for the Blooming with the Boomers – WAHCA Statewide Conference Attendee Registration!
 
Sponsor and exhibitor registration for the 2018 WAHCA Annual Conference is also available! See a detailed list of packages in the 2018 Exhibitor, Sponsorship & Ad Guide.
 
If you would like to register for more than one package please contact Nataly Schwartz at nataly@hcaoa.org or 202-508-3872.
 
Click here for the Blooming with the Boomers – Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration!

HCAOA California


Joint Lobby Day with CAHSAH – One Week from Today!
Assemblymember Ash Kalra has introduced a new bill (AB 2455), which is very similar to the vetoed AB 1513. Voice your opposition to this damaging legislation by joining us for the HCAOA and CAHSAH Joint Lobby Day in Sacramento.
 
When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Where: Capitol Plaza Halls, Fraternity Room | 1025 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Agenda: 
           
9:00 - 9:30 am
Registration/Breakfast

9:30 - 11:30 am
Welcome Lobbying 101
Legislative Priorities
Guest Speaker(s)
 
11:30 - 12:30 pm
Lobby Day Luncheon
Meet your Team Members
 
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Appointments with Legislative Offices
 
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Dessert Debriefing 

To assist us in scheduling appointments with your local representatives, you will be asked to provide your Assembly and Senate districts on the event registration form linked below. If you are unsure of your Assembly and Senate districts, please visit the following website and enter your home address (where you are registered to vote) to determine the appropriate legislative districts. 

Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are filling up quickly! Please register as soon as possible to increase the likelihood that you will be able to meet with your specific representative.
 
Please note: Registration is free for HCAOA California and CAHSAH members. If you are a member of CAHSAH and not a member of HCAOA California, please register through CAHSAH to receive the free member rate.
 
Click here to register through HCAOA!
 
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at nataly@hcaoa.org or 202-508-3872.

HCAOA Arizona


Lobby Day – Next Thursday!
Join HCAOA Arizona and the Arizona In-Home Care Association for a day at the capitol. Lobby Day attendees will meet with legislators, enjoy a luncheon in the Historic Supreme Court Room, and more. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about critical industry issues and what HCAOA Arizona is doing to address them.
 
When: Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Where: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007
 
Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot! Attendees may bring one guest, as space allows.
 
Click here to register!
 
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at nataly@hcaoa.org or 202-508-3872.

HCAOA Ohio


Chapter Meeting: Save the Date
 
HCAOA Ohio is planning to host their next meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 1pm EDT. More information coming soon. 

 

Congressional Update

HCAOA Comments on Association Health Plan Proposed Rule

 
On Jan. 4, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) released a highly anticipated proposed rule that would significantly alter the way that association health plans (AHPs) are regulated. The proposed rule was developed in response to President Trump’s recent executive order that directed the federal government to expand access to AHPs and other types of insurance products or arrangements, such as short-term limited duration insurance and health reimbursement arrangements.
 
In his executive order, President Trump directed the Secretary of Labor to issue regulations to allow more employers to form AHPs. In particular, the Department was asked to reconsider its definition of “employer” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and identify ways to promote AHP formation on the basis of common geography or industry. President Trump has highlighted these efforts in recent interviews, anticipating that such changes will affect “millions and millions of people.”
 
On March 5, HCAOA submitted a comment letter supporting the Labor Department’s proposed rule as a means of allowing more home care providers to more easily provide health benefits to workers by reducing potential costs.

HCAOA Comments on Potential Expansion of Services under Medicare Advantage Plans


In-home care supports appear likely to be included as a supplemental benefit in Medicare Advantage plans in 2019. This move will help many low income older adults who may not be eligible for Medicaid to receive home care services and help them to be independent in their own homes.
 
Previously, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not allowed an item or service to be eligible as a supplemental benefit if the primary purpose includes daily maintenance. However, in the draft Call Letter, CMS discusses a reinterpretation of the statute to expand the scope of the primarily health-related supplemental benefit standard. Under this reinterpretation, CMS would allow supplemental benefits if they compensate for physical impairments, diminish the impact of injuries or health conditions, and/or reduce avoidable emergency room utilization. This expansion will effectively increase the number of allowable supplemental benefit options and provide patients with benefits and services that may improve their quality of life and health outcomes.
 
Enrollment in Medicare Advantage continues to grow. Thirty-five percent of people with Medicare, or roughly 19 million beneficiaries, were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in 2017. In comments submitted on March 5 to CMS, HCAOA expressed support of CMS for including new benefits in Medicare Advantage. The final rule is expected by April 2.

 

Congressional Corner

Key Races to Watch Series

 
Illinois’ 6th District

GOP Rep. Peter Roskam won reelection handily in 2016, but his Chicagoland district saw a big shift, with President Donald Trump losing it by 7 points after Mitt Romney carried the seat by 8 points in 2012. And since Trump took office, elections in Virginia, New Jersey and a handful of congressional special elections around the country have seen local candidates fall to or even below Trump’s levels in the suburbs.
That’s a big warning sign for Roskam and other Republicans in suburbs of New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Kansas City and more heading into 2018. Democrats have to wade through a crowded primary before they face Roskam. Kelly Mazeski, who picked up an EMILY’s List endorsement and raised the most money last quarter, is leading the pack, though anything can happen in a field of seven candidates. But even a bruised Democratic opponent may not stem the tide against Roskam and other suburban congressmen.

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