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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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Congressional Update

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Member News

February is American Heart Month

Beginning in 1964, February has been a month federally designated to remind Americans about the importance of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year, equating to one in every four deaths in the country.
While heart disease can develop at any age, seniors are particularly at risk. According to research collected by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association:

  • About two-thirds of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in people age 75 and older.

  • The average age at the first heart attack is 65.3 years for males and 71.8 years for females.

  • Approximately 80% of people who die of coronary heart disease are age 65 or older.

  • Within the next 30 years, the number of incident strokes is expected to more than double, with the majority of the increase among the elderly (aged ≥75 years)

  • With the increase in the aging population, prevalence of stroke survivors is projected to increase, especially among elderly women.

The term “heart disease” describes a wide range of heart conditions, making it imperative that caregivers are able to recognize any warning signs.
Visit the American Heart Association website to learn more about American Heart Month!

Survey for the 2018 Home Care Benchmarking Study

In partnership with Home Care Pulse®, HCAOA is proud to invite all home care providers to participate in the annual survey to contribute data to the 2018 Home Care Benchmarking Study. By participating, you will receive a discount code upon completing the survey, which you can use to pre-order the 2018 Home Care Benchmarking Study for just $99.

The survey is now open! Don’t forget to take this survey before it closes on February 28. To participate, download the Survey Prep Worksheet to help you gather and organize the necessary information. With a completed Survey Prep Worksheet, the survey can be taken in about 30 minutes. 

This study continues to deliver the most comprehensive U.S. home care industry data available to current and potential home care providers. Your participation helps contribute to the greater depth of insight and understanding that this study provides. To learn more about participation and rewards, visit

Chapter News

HCAOA Alabama: Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Discussion on State Licensure

HCAOA Alabama is considering the introduction of licensure throughout the state. The chapter will be hosting a virtual meeting to further discuss this proposal. Please join us, as your input and participation are very important. 
Date: Tomorrow, February 15
Time: 10:00 am Central
Phone number: +1 (408) 650-3123 
Access Code: 771-556-341
Click here to register!
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at or 202-508-3872.

HCAOA Illinois: February Meeting

HCAOA Illinois will be hosting its regular meeting in February. Meet with fellow members and receive a legislative update, in addition to updates on chapter news and activities. For more information, please see the February Meeting Agenda.
Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Free for chapter members.
Please be sure to register even if you plan on attending in person.
Click here to register!
If you are having trouble registering contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz, at, or call our office at 202-508-3870

HCAOA California: Joint Lobby Day with CAHSAH

The Home Care Association of America and the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) are teaming up for a Lobby Day this year. Attendees will participate in meetings with legislators to discuss issues relevant to providers of home care and home health. This event is an excellent opportunity to impact crucial industry-related legislation.
When:  Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Where: Capitol Plaza Halls, Fraternity Room, 1025 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

9:00 - 9:30 am

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. Please register as soon as possible to increase the likelihood that you will be able to meet with your specific representative. If you have previously registered for this event through HCAOA, a staff member will be in contact with you to obtain your district information. 
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 or 202-508-3872.

HCAOA Arizona: Lobby Day

Join HCAOA Arizona 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 crucial industry issues and what our chapter can do to advocate 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! To assist us in scheduling appointments with your representatives, we ask that you please register no later than Wednesday, February 28. 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 or 202-508-3872.

HCAOA Washington: 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
Click here to register!

Call to Discuss Creating HCAOA Chapter in Virginia

Join fellow Virginia home care providers and Home Care Association of America staff on a conference call to discuss the benefits of starting a HCAOA chapter in Virginia. Have your voice heard and learn what a HCAOA chapter could do to advocate on your behalf.
Date: Thursday, March 1 
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern 
Phone Number: +1 (571) 317-3122 
Access Code: 290-395-221 
We will also discuss chapter successes in other states, such as the defeat of AB 1513 in California, which would have required every registered home care aide's name and cell phone number to be made available to labor organizations, and the passing of an Illinois bill that requires hospitals to only refer licensed home care providers. 
Click here to RSVP!
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at or 202-508-3872.
Congressional Update

Trump Administration’s FY2019 Budget Proposal Released

Following up his State of the Union speech to Congress, the Trump Administration’s $4.4 trillion budget request for fiscal 2019 seeks to dramatically cut spending on domestic programs, even after caps on non-defense spending were raised last week. The document represents a blueprint of what the Administration would like to see in reducing the size of government.
Congress will begin its work now to plan for fiscal year 2019 spending in each of the federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, which would be reduced by $1.1 billion in President Trump’s proposal. Among enforcement agencies, the president proposed a slight bump in Wage and Hour Division (WHD) spending, to $230.1 million from $227 million enacted in FY 2017. The WHD spending hike includes $4 million in compliance assistance to employers, consistent with the traditional Republican approach to prioritize educating well-intentioned businesses instead of relying on targeted investigations and maximum penalties.
Given the budget agreement reached by the White House and Congress last week, which adds $300 billion to defense and non-defense discretionary programs, it is unlikely the President’s budget will be realized.

Immigration Reform Heats Up in the Senate

On the heels of a budget agreement between the White House and Congress last week, Congress is attempting to address immigration reform in a bipartisan manner. The Senate requires 60 votes for most legislation, meaning this will need to be a compromise bill in order for anything to move.  
The Senate finally moved Wednesday to begin the debate on immigration reforms aimed at resolving what should be done with undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and whose legal status in the country may soon expire. The Senate may decide to deal with employment-based visa reforms as well. A bipartisan group of Senators known as the “Common Sense Caucus,” led by Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, will play a key role in the outcome of the legislation.  
House leaders and some Senate Republicans want a comprehensive bill to pass, which could include a mandatory e-verify system employers would use to ensure workers are documented.
Congressional Corner

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

Charles Grassley, widely known as “Chuck,” is one of the most durable and popular politicians in Iowa history. He was first elected to political office in 1958 and to Congress in 1974. He’s served longer in the Senate than any Iowan.
Although not a lawyer, Grassley is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal court nominations and issues relating to immigration.
He grew up on the family farm in north central Iowa. After getting his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science, he entered a Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Iowa. He aspired to be a teacher, and taught part time while working as a sheet metal worker and then on a factory assembly line in Cedar Falls.
In 1956, at age 22, he decided to run for office, entering the race for the Iowa House. In the three-way Republican primary, he lost to the incumbent by 81 votes. Grassley tried again in 1958 and was successful. He served in the Iowa House for 16 years, earning a living by working on the assembly line and on the family farm.
Grassley won a U.S. House seat in 1974, even when his fellow Republicans fared poorly less than three months after President Richard Nixon’s resignation in the Watergate scandal. Grassley was able to prevail by less than 2 percentage points. In 1980, sharing a ticket with Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan helped Grassley unseat Democratic Senator John Culver, 54 percent to 46 percent, in a year in which Republicans won control of the Senate.
Grassley has won all of his re-election contests by overwhelming margins. He won 64 percent of the vote in 2010 against Roxanne Conlin, a wealthy Democratic lawyer and former federal prosecutor. Against Patty Judge in 2016, Grassley took 60 percent of the vote. One of the keys to his popularity has been his determination to visit all of the state’s 99 counties annually, which he has dubbed “the full Grassley.”

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