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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

Congressional Corner

Member News

HCAOA Congressional Lobby Day Helps Inform Legislators

HCAOA members took the message of the home care industry to Capitol Hill last week. The group heard from officials at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and from Capitol Hill staff working on immigration policy which may help address the shortage of home care workers.
 
The participants raised issues addressing access to home care services. The following are bills that were discussed with legislators: 
  1. The “Credit for Caring Act,” (S.1443/H.R2730) - this Act is sponsored by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the Senate, and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) in the House of Representatives. This legislation begins to address concerns with access to home care and other long-term care services in the U.S. by authorizing a non-refundable tax credit for family caregivers.
     
  2. The Senior and Disability Home Modification Assistance Initiative Act (S.702/H.R.1583), introduced by Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Rep. Joe Morelle (D-NY), which proposes to amend the Older Americans Act to direct the Administration on Aging to carry out an initiative to coordinate federal resources to provide home modifications for older individuals to support enabling them to live independently and safely in a home environment.
     
  3. The Homecare for Seniors Act (H.R.2878) - this Act is sponsored by Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), Rep. John Larson (D-CT), Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN). This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow health savings accounts to cover qualified home care services. This is a common-sense way to improve access to the care many need to help them stay in their home for as long as possible and avoid institutionalized care. The HSA is a tax-advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers who are enrolled in a high-deductible health plan. Unlike a flexible spending account (FSA), HSA funds roll over and accumulate year to year if they are not spent. HSA funds may currently be used to pay for qualified medical expenses at any time without federal tax liability or penalty.
Participants also discussed the need to address the shortages of home care workers and began a discussion with legislators on the need for an employment-based visa category for home care workers and others serving the needs of our aging population.
 


Introducing the Member Get a Member Program

HCAOA provides members with a number of tangible business benefits, but our greatest intangible benefit is the community of home care providers that we have been able to assemble. We’d love to for you to help us make that community even stronger.

We are introducing our Member Get a Member program – refer a new Voting Member and we’ll give you a $100 Visa Gift Card as a thank you for your efforts.

Find more information here. If you have any questions about this program, please contact us at membership@hcaoa.org or 202-508-3870.


HCAOA Membership Survey Closes Friday

 
The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) relies on input from members like you to ensure that the actions we take help foster the growth of the home care industry, and our 2019 Membership Survey is no exception.
 
The survey is organized around three key strategic areas designed to move HCAOA forward: Value, Impact, and Growth. The feedback you provide is anonymous and will be used to help us improve our initiatives as we move to advance the industry.

We realize your time is valuable and appreciate your help in responding to the survey, which has taken other members an average of 7 minutes to complete.
 
The survey will close this Friday, August 2. Please make sure you have completed the survey by that date.
 
TAKE THE MEMBERSHIP SURVEY TODAY


The Early Bird Registration Deadline Is Almost Here!

The must-attend event for the home care industry, the 2019 HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference will take place in Tucson, AZ on September 22-23. During the event, conference participants will have the opportunity to learn about the latest home care innovations, business strategies, as well as best practices and methods.

Our educational program for this year's conference is bookended by keynote addresses from two experienced and insightful corporate leadership experts-- The opening Keynote Address will be presented by Pete Smith of SmithImpact, while Lonnie Mayne of Red Shoes Living, Inc. will offer closing remarks. Attendees will also receive continuing education credits for attending the event! 

Please click HERE to learn more about our additional conference speakers, schedule and registration. 

Register by Friday, August 9 to receive the early bird registration rate and save $150!
REGISTER NOW


Booth Selections Will Begin Soon, Reserve Your Spot In The Exhibit Hall Today!


Exhibit Hall is Nearly 85% Sold, Register Today to Secure Your Booth
 
Comprised of nearly 3,000 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.

Vendor company registrations are time and date stamped, therefore those who register first will have the first booth selection on a first come first serve basis. Please note the 2019 Exhibit Hall floor plan will be finalized soon and the HCAOA will reach out to each vendor to schedule their booth selection. 
 
Register by August 9 for the early bird registration rate!
 

Thank You to our 2019 Annual Leadership Conference sponsors and exhibitors!
 
To learn more about remaining exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please see the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference Sponsorship Prospectus.
 
Exhibit Registration
Sponsor Registration
Guest Contribution

Six Home Equity Solutions to Manage Home Care Costs
 

By Segun Odumosu, Director of Strategic Affinity Partnerships, American Advisors Group

For many seniors with undersized nest eggs, home equity is increasingly becoming their golden ticket to help them pay for the non-medical assistance they need to eat, bathe and perform other everyday living activities so they can continue to live at home.

Indeed, at a time when combined Social Security payments, savings and investments are falling short in paying for many of their retirements, the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) announced in a 2019 March release that homeowners 62 and older, now own more than $7.1 trillion in home equity wealth.

So, for the millions of underfunded seniors who enjoy some of this home equity, the question is not so much, “Should I use some of my home equity to help pay for my current and future non-medical in-home care,” but “What’s the best way to leverage that equity to provide the level of care I’ll need?”

Let’s look at six potential home equity solutions that you can share with your current and potential clients to help them ease the burden of paying for the vital non-medical in-home care services you provide. These options include
  1. Selling the home
  2. Selling/leasing back the home
  3. Renting
  4. Getting a home loan (home equity loan or line of credit)
  5. Obtaining a charitable home remainder annuity
  6. Taking out a reverse mortgage.
Read more here.
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Chapter News

HCAOA Arizona

 

HCAOA Arizona Chapter Meeting

Join Us August 15 From Your Desk!

 

Please join your fellow HCAOA Arizona members and home care providers from around the state for a virtual chapter meeting on August 15 at 10:30 a.m. MST via teleconference. 


Featured Speaker: We've invited Maggie Keen, VP at myCNAjobs to share the latest data from the 2019 Caregiver Trend Report: DISCONNECTED following a brief chapter meeting. The latest Trend Report includes insights from both home care companies and caregivers to uncover new thinking on how companies can better align to drive more effective recruitment and improve retention. 
 
With 61% of home care companies turning down cases within the past 30 days due to lack of staff, we invite you to join us for a data-packed session to learn how managing this disconnect can help you leapfrog your competition. 

Date/time: Thursday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m. MST

Please register HERE.
 


HCAOA Florida

 
HCAOA Florida will hold its annual chapter meeting on August 15th at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Airport. Attendees will hear remarks from Adrian Bento of Silverstone Group, Ruby Grantham of the Laboratory and In-Home Services Unit, and Bruce Vanderaan of Mertz Taggart. 
 
What: HCAOA Florida Annual Meeting
When: Thursday, August 15, 12:45-3:45 p.m. 
Where: 
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Airport
5835 T. G. Lee Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32822
 
Click here to register. 
Congressional Update

Senate Will Pass Budget Deal As It Leaves Town

 
Following up on its passage in the House of Representatives last week, Senators are set to vote as early as today on a budget caps bill that would avoid billions in spending cuts.
 
The bill (H.R. 3877) would indefinitely end the threat of sequestration (automatic cuts across all federal agencies) by raising spending caps through fiscal 2021, the final year they’re in effect. That’s welcome news for most lawmakers, as both Republicans and Democrats have described the spending levels set in the Budget Control Act (Public Law 112-25) as arbitrary, damaging, and a blunt ax hanging over the budget and appropriations process. The automatic cuts that were put in place during the 112th Congress impacted all federal agencies.
 
The Budget Control Act was the product of negotiations between a Republican House and a Democratic administration and Senate. Like the most recent deal, it was tied to a debate on the debt ceiling.
 
As long as it becomes law, the two-year budget caps bill is the last one necessary for discretionary spending, because the discretionary caps expire at the end of fiscal 2021.

The mandatory cuts aren’t gone yet, though. They’re currently set to expire at the end of fiscal 2027, and the budget caps deal would extend that date to the end of fiscal 2029. The two-year extension was part of a $77.3 billion package of offsets meant to mitigate the cost of the discretionary budget cap increase.
Congressional Corner

The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reports that House Republicans fear they are on the brink of a massive wave of retirements that could force them to play defense in a high-stakes presidential election year.
 
Three House Republicans said last week they would not seek another term next year, catching party strategists off guard. Those announcements came earlier than in a typical election cycle, when members who are ready to hang up their voting cards usually wait until after the August recess or after the Christmas break.
 
Republicans in Congress strategizing to win back the House say the rush to the exits reflects the depressing reality of life in the minority and a pessimistic view of the GOP’s chances of regaining the majority.
 
Republican strategists say they are bracing for a new wave of exits after members check in with their families over the August recess. Two dozen Republicans won their reelection bids in 2018 by fewer than 5 percentage points; another 25 won by fewer than 10 points.
 
Two of the members who announced their retirements last week — Reps. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) and Martha Roby (R-Ala.) — represent deep-red districts where their successor will almost certainly be chosen in the Republican primary.
But a third, Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), holds a seat that is likely to be competitive. Olson won election to his final term by just 5 percentage points in 2018, and Democrats have signaled that districts like his, in the rapidly growing Houston suburbs, are their prime targets.
 
Six Republicans have now said they will not seek reelection next year. Two more, Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) and Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), are running for a different office.

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