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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

Chapter News

Congressional Update

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Member News

Maine Home Care Referendum Petition Submitted

 

HCAOA has learned that supporters of a Maine referendum to form a universal home care program have collected enough signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. The citizens’ petition was submitted to the Maine Secretary of State’s office on Jan. 26. Organizers of this “Homecare for All” referendum – a coalition of seniors, caregivers and public interest groups – propose that the program be funded by new taxes.

 

Supporters believe this referendum will raise wages for home care workers and help keep seniors in their homes. However, critics have expressed that it will be costly for taxpayers.
 
“Homecare for All” would also require the state to provide the name, address and email address of every personal care agency owner – as well as their employees, any other individual providers, consumers, and family members – to “constituency associations”. These associations would include any labor unions with at least 100 members that are care providers. The measure also requires employers of a union employee to deduct and remit membership dues to the union, if requested by the employee.


The secretary of state’s office will need to certify the petition signatures no later than Feb. 26.
 
While this initiative will specifically impact HCAOA members in Maine, this measure sparks the potential for similar initiatives to be pursued in other states, as we have seen in California and Massachusetts (caregiver registry legislation) over the past year.

HCAOA Website: Helpful Tips

 
Thank you for your feedback regarding our website!
 
To ensure that you spend no more than a few minutes accomplishing your tasks, we have gathered a few tips to assist you in navigating our website. 
  1. Remember to log in with your work email address as your username.
     
  2. Note that when you click the “Forgot Your Password” link, you will only have two hours to reset your password. If you do not receive the password reset email from us, titled “Your Password Request,” please check your Spam inbox.
     
  3. When shopping in our online store – after you have logged in, be sure to select that you are shopping on behalf your company rather than yourself. If you select your name, you will not be able to see all of the purchasing options that are available to you.
     
  4. When registering to attend an event – if you don’t see your colleague listed in our drop down menu, please contact info@hcaoa.org so we that may add them to our system.
For any questions on these tips, please contact info@hcaoa.org.

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 opens tomorrow, February 1! 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 benchmarking.homecarepulse.com/participate.

Chapter News

HCAOA Arizona: Lobby Day Prep Meeting


Join HCAOA Arizona for a meeting to discuss lobby day preparations. Attendees will enjoy a presentation from Goodman Schwartz, detailing what to expect on lobby day and answering any questions you may have.

Date: Thursday, February 8
Time: 9:00am MST
Location: Home Assist Health | 3737 North 7th St., Ste. 203, Phoenix, AZ 85014
 
Or join us virtually! Click Here to access this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
 
You can also dial in to the meeting with the phone number and access code below:
  • United States: +1 (872) 240-3412
  • Access Code: 979-376-973
To further assist our lobby day efforts, please Click Here to complete a brief survey. Your feedback is immensely helpful to us! It will only take a few minutes of your time and all results will be kept confidential.
 
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at nataly@hcaoa.org or 202-508-3872
 
Click Here to register now!

HCAOA California: Save the Date! HCAOA/CAHSAH 2018 Lobby Day


Mark your calendar! This year, HCAOA and the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) are teaming up for a Lobby Day on Wednesday, March 14. More details to follow soon.
Congressional Update

State of the Union

 
In a wide ranging presentation before a joint session of the Congress, President Donald Trump was interrupted by applause 117 times in 80 minutes. Near the end of his State of the Union message he highlighted the need to find solutions to workforce shortages. Here is an excerpt of what the President had to say:
 
“We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work. We want every child to be safe in their home at night. And we want every citizen to be proud of this land that we love. We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity.”
 
“As tax cuts create new jobs, let us invest in workforce development and job training. Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential. And let us support working families by supporting paid family leave.”
 
While HCAOA is certainly supportive of efforts to identify training opportunities for home care providers, it is difficult to determine what type of a paid family leave policy the home care industry would support at the federal level. HCAOA will be actively monitoring these issues in the weeks and months ahead.

Not Done with Health Reform Yet

 
On Jan. 30, Senate health and labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that Labor Secretary Acosta’s proposed rule on Association Health Plans could lower the cost of health insurance premiums and finally make affordable health insurance available to the 11 million American small business men and women and their employees, or those who work for themselves—like farmers, or songwriters—who today are priced out of our health insurance system.
 
His comments came as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security was conducting a hearing on Small Business Health Plans chaired by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). The Department of Labor’s proposed rule would allow more self-employed Americans and small businesses band together to provide a small business health plan – otherwise known as an Association Health Plan (AHP)—which helps those employers reduce health insurance costs.

Congressional Corner

Retiring Members of Congress

Below is a list of current House and Senate members who have decided to end their careers in Congress, moving on before the 2018 elections.
 
Senate
  • Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
  • Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
  • Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
House
  • Joe Barton, R-Texas
  • Bob Brady, D-Pa.
  • John Delaney, D-Md.
  • Charlie Dent, R-Pa.
  • John Duncan Jr., R-Tenn.
  • Blake Farenthold, R-Texas
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.
  • Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
  • Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
  • Gene Green, D-Texas
  • Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
  • Gregg Harper, R-Miss.
  • Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas
  • Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
  • Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan.
  • Sam Johnson, R-Texas
  • Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.
  • Sander Levin, D-Mich.
  • Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.
  • Patrick Meehan, R-Pa.
  • Ted Poe, R-Texas
  • Dave Reichert, R-Wash.
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
  • Ed Royce, R-Calif.
  • Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H.
  • Bill Shuster, R-Pa.
  • Lamar Smith, R-Texas
  • Dave Trott, R-Mich.
  • Niki Tsongas, D-Mass.

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