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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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HCAOA Board Member Recognized by Georgia Legislature

HCAOA Board Member, Martin Miller, owner of Coastal Home Care in Savannah, GA was recently recognized by the Georgia Legislature, through the adoption of House Resolution 1269. Miller was commended for “his accomplishments in the home and community based services industry and for his deep personal commitment to improving the quality of life of others.” Click here to watch the presentation of House Resolution 1269 (at approximately 1:09:50 into the video).
 
Congratulations to Martin for this remarkable accomplishment!

New York LHCSA Moratorium and Criteria Legislation


The New York Assembly and Senate recently completed their budget bills and at a late hour, both included language that would place a moratorium on the Public Health and Health Planning Council's review of home care license applications (LHCSAs) beginning April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019 with limited exceptions. The bills also include language that directs the Department of Health to develop criteria for the approval of home care license applications. Negotiations are taking place between the Assembly, Senate and Governor's staff before the final budget is completed by April 1, 2018. 
The purpose of the language in the bills is to reduce the number of licensed home care agencies that the managed care plans have to negotiate with, and therefore reduce administrative costs for those receiving Medicaid funded care. 

At this point, the moratorium and methodology requirements would only apply to those license applicants that do not pass the Public Health and Health Planning Council by April 1, 2018. The Senate bill includes language that would delay for five months the ability to market their licensed services if they are licensed after April 1, 2018. The bill language does not define "date licensed". That language is not included in the Assembly bill. While we won't know exactly what the state will do until the final budget is signed by the Governor around April 1, it is likely that a moratorium and some sort of methodology language will pass. Any additional criteria for licensing could further impact the process of selling a LHCSA, so these measures could impact currently licensed home care agencies as well.

What You Can Do 
We encourage you to immediately call your member of the Assembly and Senator that represents the district where your agency is located, as well as the budget negotiators listed below. Using these suggested talking points, urge them to exempt private pay providers from the moratorium and methodology requirements. They need to be educated by small business owners to understand that it is unnecessary to prohibit licensing private pay providers that are not CMS certified and not enrolling in managed long term care plans.
Please use the following websites to find your legislators: The following individuals should also be contacted:
  • Megan Baldwin
  • Budget Health Subcommittee
    • Assembly Members
      • Richard Goffried: 212-807-7900 
      • Kevin Cahill: 518-455-4436 
      • Donna Lupardo: 518-455-5431 
      • Maritza Davila: 518-455-5537 
      • Kimberly Jean-Pierre: 518-455-5787 
      • Rebecca Seawright: 518-455-5676 
      • Andrew Raia: 518-455-5952 
      • Daniel Stec: 518-455-5565 
    • Senators
      • Kemp Hannon: 518-455-2200 
      • David Valesky: 518-455-2838 
      • William Larkin: 518-455-2770 
      • Sue Serino: 518-455-2945 
      • Martin Golden: 518-455-2730 
      • Gustavo Rivera: 518-455-3395 
      • Roxanne Persaud: 518-455-2788 
Thank you for your support!

2018 HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference

 
Call for Speakers Now Open!
As the premier association representing the home care industry, HCAOA is committed to connecting and educating our members. We stay on top of the latest issues, have our finger on the pulse of future trends and keep our member companies informed. Whether providing training on the latest business strategies or technologies, or hosting our dynamic annual leadership conference, HCAOA enables members to grow, advance their workers' skills and meet the needs of America's seniors. 
 
The 2018 HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference will take place in Washington, DC on September 22-25 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. HCAOA is encouraging our members to attend the conference this year with the theme, "The Voice of Home Care for American Families: Advocating for Our Seniors." We invite you to share your knowledge, experience and expertise with our members. Our conference provides sessions that appeal to the seasoned home care business professional as well as those new to the industry.
 
Presenter Incentives
  • (1) Complimentary hotel night
  • (1) Complimentary Annual Leadership Conference Registration along with all meals provided with the registration
  • Opportunity to share your expertise with Home Care Provider business owners across the country
 
If you know of a colleague or speaker/presenter that may be interested in submitting a proposal, please feel free to share this information as you see fit. All proposals must be submitted to the HCAOA no later than Friday, April 13. Proposals will be reviewed by our Conference Committee and presenters will be notified of their presentation status by June 15.
 
Please click here to view a list of topics, as well as to submit a speaking proposal for the 2018 Annual Leadership Conference.
 
Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your proposal!
 
Secure Your Exhibit Booth and Sponsorship Packages Today!
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!

2018 Home Care Benchmarking Study

Get the latest insights, trends, and analyses of the private duty home care industry. For the 9th year, Home Care Pulse has partnered with HCAOA to produce the most comprehensive national study for the industry. The study includes reports on finance, sales & marketing, operations, recruiting & retention, and client experience aspects of home care businesses. It also includes articles from industry experts, providing their insight on successfully navigating through the challenges home care owners are facing and on positive trends impacting home care.
 
Take advantage of the pre-order pricing through March 31, 2018 to save $100!

March is National Professional Social Work Month

Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity to showcase the important contributions social workers make to society on a daily basis.
 
Our nation’s social workers confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society. They forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live. HCAOA is proud to represent and collaborate with those who have dedicated themselves to this profession. 
 
For more information about Social Work Month, please visit socialworkmonth.org.
Chapter News

HCAOA Connecticut

 
Home Care Contract Could Impact Industry
 
Last week, the Connecticut General Assembly approved a three-year contract for 8,500 unionized home care workers that includes an increase in minimum wage and, for the first time, workers’ compensation coverage.
 
The contract provides an additional reason why home care company owners should join and participate in their industry association, HCAOA Connecticut. By increasing wages for some workers, the contract creates an unfair labor market for home care agencies, families and taxpayers.
 
The contract will cost the state almost $30 million, funding for which, according to the Hartford Courant, lawmakers still need to find in the state budget.
 
The vote was very difficult for many lawmakers, some of whom were opposed to unionizing the workforce but recognized the important work performed by caregivers who are paid low wages, according to CT NewsJunkie.
 
In a statement, Gov. Malloy said the agreement “provides a more stable workforce for the nearly 5,000 consumer employers who receive these services. These workers deserve a livable wage and to finally be covered for workers’ compensation.”


Connecticut Care at Home Day at the Capitol
Join HCAOA Connecticut and the Association of Connecticut Homecare Agencies for a day at the capitol. Attendees will network with lawmakers, hear a presentation from chapter leaders and participate in an award ceremony for key state officials. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about critical public policy issues affecting the home care industry and how the chapter is leading the industry’s response.
 
When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 8 am - 10:30 am 
Where: Legislative Office Building, 2nd floor atrium, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
 
Space is limited, so please register early! To assist us in ordering continental breakfast, please register no later than Wed., April 11, 2018. Attendees can schedule meetings with lawmakers on their own.
 
Click here to register!
 
If you have any questions please contact Nataly Schwartz, HCAOA Manager of Chapter Services, at nataly@hcaoa.org or (202) 508-3872.


Save the Date! Upcoming Webinar
 
Date and Time: Thursday April 12, 11am Eastern

Speaker: Matthew P. Hallisey, Managing Principal of Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs, LLC and HCAOA Connecticut Chapter lobbyist.
    
Save the Date for this important webinar to learn all about the latest state legislative information, directly from our chapter lobbyist. Learn about possible threats to your business and have the opportunity to ask questions of an expert in state legislative affairs.

HCAOA California

 
AB 2455: Oppose and Take Action Today!
 
As you may know, Assemblyman Ash Kalra has introduced a new bill (AB 2455), which is very similar to the vetoed AB 1513 and that would violate the privacy of your home care aides. HCAOA California needs your help to stop AB 2455. 
 
Below is the contact information for several members of the Assembly Human Services Committee who need to hear from you and your home care aides regarding AB 2455. We need everyone to contact these committee members - especially constituents who live within a member's district, as messages received from those constituents make a strong impact. 

Please use the Find Your Rep website to determine your district representatives. If your district is represented by any of the members listed below, please call their offices and send messages through their constituent response pages. If you do not reside in one of these districts, please still call the members' offices to voice your opposition to this harmful legislation. Click here to view suggested talking points and instructions.

Blanca Rubio (Dem), Chair
AD 49 Cities: Azusa, Baldwin Park, Duarte, Glendora, Covina and West Covina.
  • Capitol Office Phone Number: (916) 319-2048
  • District Office Phone Number: (626) 960-4457
  • District Office Address: 100 North Barranca Street, Suite 895 West Covina, CA 91791
  • Rubio's Constituent Response Page
Joaquin Arambula (Dem)
AD 31 Cities: Mostly Fresno, but there are a handful of tiny cities in Arambula's district, including the City of Kingsburg.
  • Capitol Office Phone Number: (916) 319-2031
  • District Office Phone Number: (559) 445-5532
  • District Office Address: Hugh Burns State Building, 2550 Mariposa Mall, Suite 5031 Fresno, CA 93721
  • Arambula's Constituent Response Page
Eloise Gomez Reyes (Dem)
AD 47 Cities: San Bernardino, Colton and Fontana.
  • Capitol Office Phone Number: (916) 319-2047
  • District Office Phone Number: (909) 381-3238
  • District Office Address: 290 North D Street, Suite 903, San Bernardino, CA 92401
  • Reyes's Constituent Response Page
Mark Stone (Dem)
AD 29 Cities: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Watsonville.
  • Capitol Office Phone Number: (916) 319-2029
  • District Office Phone Number: (831) 425-1503
  • District Office Address: 701 Ocean Street, 318-B, Santa Cruz, 95060
  • Stone's Constituent Response Page
Thank you for your support!

HCAOA Georgia


HCAOA Member Testifies in Support of Resolution to Develop Workforce Shortage Study Committee
HCAOA Member and Georgia State Representative Jesse Petrea recently testified before the Georgia House of Representatives Special Rules Committee in support of a resolution he co-sponsored to create a Study Committee on the Workforce Shortage and Crisis in Home and Community Based Settings. The study committee would focus on addressing the developing shortage of qualified applicants for vital caregiver support professionals that serve seniors and people with disabilities. Further, the study is intended to address the well-documented turnover rate in this workforce (35.7 percent leaving their positions within six months of hire, and 34.7 percent leaving within 12 months of hire in Georgia).

Please click here to view the Georgia House of Representatives Special Rules Committee, led by Chairman Buddy Harden. At 35 minutes, Chairman Harden introduces Jesse Petrea to present his testimony. The resolution, HR 1257 was adopted by the Georgia House of Representatives on March 27.

 
Small Business Administration: Atlanta Regulatory Reform Roundtable

A representative from HCAOA Georgia is planning to attend the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Regulatory Roundtable scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 in Atlanta, GA. The purpose of the Regulatory Reform Roundtable is to gain valuable insight into which specific federal regulatory burdens present the biggest barriers to small business growth. With these recommendations, Advocacy can better assist federal agencies in complying with President Trump’s directives to reduce burdensome regulations. Additionally, information compiled from this roundtable and others will help Advocacy generate a new report informing Congress and the public of the top regulatory issues for small businesses.
 
If you are interested in attending, please see the details below.
 
Date:  Tuesday, April 10
Time:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm Eastern
Location:  GTRI Conference Center at 250 14th Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
 
For additional information and registration, please click here.

HCAOA Illinois

 
Home Health, Home Services and Home Nursing Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health will be hosting its Home Health, Home Services and Home Nursing Advisory Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 11. This meeting will be carried out as a multipoint video conference. HCAOA Illinois encourages members to participate in this meeting by joining us at any of the video conference locations listed below.

Please see the agenda for more details on what will be discussed during this very important and informative meeting.
 
Date: Wednesday, April 11
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Central
Video Conference Locations:
  • 122 S. Michigan Ave, 7th Floor, Room 711, Chicago
  • #22 Kettle Drive, Edwardsville
  • 2309 W. Main St., Marion
  • Bellwood location not available
If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Huddleston at (217) 782-0483.

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 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!
Congressional Update

President Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

 
Last week, we reported that Congress was trying to pass an omnibus spending bill to fund federal agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2018. The legislation was completed and President Trump signed it into law on March 23.
 
We also reported that several agreements had been reached on proposals regarding Veterans Affairs. But in the final agreement these proposals were taken out. They include: 1) a plan to consolidate VA’s community care programs into one, integrated network, 2) a systematic review of VA’s aging infrastructure and facilities, and 3) an expansion of the department’s caregiver assistance program. HCAOA will watch to see if Congress is able to address these in another legislative vehicle.
 
The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Donald Trump includes language that restricts him from reorganizing federal agencies without congressional approval. What stands out is language that references the President's budget proposal and specifies that Congress has the final say on federal spending. Below is the specific language included which indicates both Republicans and Democrats are concerned about what reorganization the White House may take with federal agencies:
 
“None of the funds made available in this or any other appropriations Act may be used to increase, eliminate, or reduce funding for a program, project, or activity as proposed in the President's budget request for a fiscal year until such proposed change is subsequently enacted in an appropriation Act, or unless such change is made pursuant to the reprogramming or transfer provisions of this or any other appropriations Act.”

Tax Reform: A Second Bite at the Apple?

 
House Republicans will be preparing for their next attempt at tax cuts when they return in April. It is unclear whether such an effort can be successful given partisan politics amid the upcoming 2018 elections.
 
GOP leaders aren’t planning on using the procedure they deployed in 2017 that allowed them to bypass Democratic opposition and pass the tax overhaul bill with a simple majority. So they’ll need at least nine Senate Democrats to back a second round of tax changes that would focus on making the individual tax cuts permanent.
 
So far, Democrats have been excluded from talks about what a second round of tax legislation would entail, according to a Republican lawmaker on the House’s tax-writing committee. GOP leaders are also considering timing a floor vote to April 17, when income tax returns are due.
Congressional Corner

Upcoming Primary Elections


May 5
Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia
 
May 15
Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, and Pennsylvania

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