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Member News

HCAOA Member Named Chairman of Georgia House Human Relations & Aging Committee

The Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named State Representative Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah) as the Chairman of the House Human Relations & Aging Committee.  Rep. Petrea, who is a Director with Coastal Home Care in Savannah, Georgia, will also serve as a member on the Science & Technology, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health, Game, Fish & Parks and Health & Human Services committees. “I am honored to be entrusted with this chairmanship,” said Rep. Petrea. “I have spent my entire career as an advocate and a provider of services to the aged, developmentally disabled and physically disabled populations. These Georgians are our most vulnerable. Our committee will continue to solve the problems faced by these populations to ensure the greatest quality of life for all.”

HCAOA Adds In the Know to the List of Essential HCAOA Benefits

HCAOA is proud to announce our latest effort to bring the highest quality services to HCAOA members through a strategic agreement with In the Know, a leading caregiver training provider with more than 20 years of experience in the aging care market. This partnership offers HCAOA members a 10% discount on all In the Know caregiver training solutions.
By choosing In the Know as a training partner, HCAOA members join over 3,000 other organizations that demonstrate an unwavering commitment to delivering the best possible care to the clients they serve. “HCAOA provides exceptional support to home care providers.  As a result, more people can fulfill their desire to safely age in place,” said In the Know’s CEO, Linda Leekley BS, RN. “We are proud of our emerging relationship with an organization committed to leading the industry that cares for people at home.”
About In the Know:
In the Know is a nationally recognized training provider with 20+ years of experience in helping the aging care market train, engage and RETAIN caregivers. What makes In the Know unique? All of their training materials are written by registered nurses who have trained and supervised caregivers in every environment—from the college classroom to the client’s kitchen table. And every course is developed by a skilled team of instructional designers who know how important it is for learning to be interactive, engaging—and frankly—fun!
In the Know courses are available in three unique formats:
  • Newsletter-style PDFs. All 200+ In the Know topics are available in the industry’s only true instructor-led training format. Newsletter-style PDFs are perfect for instructor-led, classroom training, or to distribute as packets for independent learning.
  • E-Learning. Organizations that subscribe to In the Know’s online learning portal enjoy access to 125+ e-learning modules with the ability to create customized training for each employee, track learner progress, print reports, and much more.
  • A Blended Plan. A blend of e-learning and instructor-led training leads to improved client outcomes. Get the best of both options with a blended plan. This option includes an all-access pass to 125+ e-learning modules, plus your choice of 12 Classic PDF modules.
Ready to grow your learning library? Reach out to an In the Know Caregiver Training Advisor today to find out how easy it is to fit professionally prepared caregiver training into your budget.  Please be sure to mention that you are a member of the HCAOA.  Request more information. **Link to our HCAOA landing page:

Join the HCAOA Conference Committee! 

Looking to become more involved in the HCAOA? Now is your chance! The HCAOA is currently seeking volunteers to join the Conference Committee and plan the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference that will be held September 22-23 at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass in Tucson, AZ. 

Some Conference Committee benefits include:
  • Receive FREE conference registration to the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference 
  • Network with other HCAOA Members & Board Members
  • Share your thoughts and ideas to improve future conferences
If you are interested in joining the Committee that shapes the Annual Leadership Conference, please complete the interest form here by Friday, February 1 for more information. Please contact Andrea Liford-Martinez at with any questions. 

Join Us for Part 2 of the Dementia Webinar Series Scheduled Later this Month

Please join us for the second part of a two part webinar series featuring Dr. Deborah Bier as she shares valuable tools and methods for home care providers to learn how to manage dementia behaviors and improving overall care for clients with dementia. 

Dr. Bier's work has successfully trained thousands of family and professional caregivers in dementia care best practices. She is an internationally respected educator and a beloved speaker. Dr. Bier holds a PhD in therapeutic counseling, a certificate in gerontology, and is a Certified Alzheimer’s Educator, Dementia Practitioner, and Dementia Care Partner.

Webinar #2: The 4 Keys for Managing Dementia Behaviors

Date/Time: January 24, 2019  1:00pm EST

Description: In this webinar, attendees will be introduced to the four keys for managing dementia behaviors. In addition, attendees will learn how to improve care in the home, how to retain caregivers and clients, and how to compete successfully with other agencies and facilities in your community. Dr. Bier will troubleshoot some sticky dementia cases as examples of the quick improvements that are possible. Attendees will come away with concrete methods to immediately improve your “dementia game."
Register For This Webinar
Chapter News

HCAOA Washington

In-Home Services Day

Day/Time: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7:00 AM
Location: Washington Library Room in the lower level of the Prichard Building
415 Sid Snyder Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98504.

Sponsored by The Home Care Association of WA, WA State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Washington Chapter of the Home Care Association of America

For the past seven years, the HCAOA Washington chapter has joined forces to meet with Washington State legislators to discuss important issues for In-Home Services agencies licensed under the Department of Health (DOH). In the real world, home health, hospice and home care agencies work cooperatively together all the time. Our associations typically have a very similar legislative agenda and legislators really appreciate the fact that we coordinate this day together instead of three different meetings! It’s also a fun way to get to know other in-home services providers from around the state and in your region.

The legislative session starts on January 14, 2019. We are contacting legislators early this year because our legislative day is less than a month away! As a reminder, Washington State has a biennial legislature where they develop the Operating Budget in the long 105-day session.

Please contact your local legislators and set up a meeting on February 6, 2019. Here is a link to find out who your state legislators are: Please use your home address and not your business location as they want to meet with their constituents who live in their districts.

Once you've made appointments, please send Leslie Emerick your appointment times at Leslie needs your legislative district, your legislators names and your contact information for the day. If you need additional assistance, please call 360-280-6142. We have some legislative districts that overlap between constituents and Leslie tries to consolidate those meetings. All meetings will be on the master agenda for the day.

Please begin calls for legislative appointments ASAP as their schedules will fill up quickly during the session!

Please schedule appointments to begin after 8:00 AM so that attendees can participate in the morning advocacy training activities. Most appointments can be scheduled via an email request, although it is often better to call the legislator's office directly. Some legislative assistants may request information regarding the issues we plan to present. Just explain to them what in home services are (home health, hospice and home care) and we will be talking about issues related to these services.

We will be in the Washington Library Room in the lower level of the Prichard Building. It’s a great room and we have it reserved until 2:00 pm. Food is available in two cafeterias on the Capital Campus. Dome Deli in the Capital Building and the Prichard Library Cafeteria.

Parking is not easy on campus but will be accessible early in the morning at the Visitor’s Center. Please pay for 8 hours of parking at the pay station so you don’t have to worry. It takes credit cards or cash. For additional parking see: Visitor Parking

Draft Schedule for In-Home Services Day, February 6, 2019
7:00-8:00 AM: Welcome and Introductions (Coffee and muffins or bagels provided)
  • Orientation, overview of Political Landscape
  • Review In-Home Services 2019 Legislative Priorities/Song Sheet
  • Review Handouts for Legislators
8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Legislative Visits Begin! Leslie will develop the legislative schedule as you begin to send her your appointment times. The constituent in the meeting should talk first about their agency and issues. Leslie will try to mix people from the three associations and regionally at a meeting if possible. It’s a great way to get to know your legislators and fellow in-home services providers. Rule number one: Be flexible and have fun! Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress semi-formally for meetings. It may be cold so dress appropriately for the weather.

This may look overwhelming to the new participants, but don’t worry! We have a training in the morning to go over the talking points for the day and put you with more experienced attendees.

HCAOA Connecticut


HCAOA Connecticut Meets with Lawmakers; Consumer Protection Bill Introduced
Mark McGoldrick, owner of several Comfort Keeper locations in Connecticut with five offices throughout the state, participated in two meetings with key lawmakers today to help introduce HCAOA Connecticut’s agenda. McGoldrick and HCAOA Connecticut lobbyist Matthew Hallisey met with Aging Committee chairman Sen. James Maroney (D-Milford) to discuss home care policy and labor and employment issues affecting the industry, such as an increase in minimum hourly wage, and their impact on elderly consumers and the cost of home care.
Additionally, they met with leadership of the General Law Committee to discuss consumer protection issues affecting the home care industry in Connecticut.
Meanwhile, a proposed bill was introduced today in the General Law Committee that would expand the written notice requirements and disclosures registries must provide consumers, a priority for HCAOA Connecticut. Senate Bill 263, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-Avon), Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore and ranking member of the committee, would provide additional protections for consumers by notifying them that they may be required to report to the IRS compensation paid to an employee of the registry, and that they may be legally liable for work-related injuries sustained by caregivers.
HCAOA Connecticut Meeting
Please join your fellow members, employer-based home care providers, industry colleagues and others for the next HCAOA Connecticut Meeting. 
The meeting will include a legislative advocacy and public policy report by chapter lobbyist Matthew Hallisey. A discussion about a winter educational program concerning live-in care, featuring Connecticut Department of Labor officials. Care at Home Day at the Capitol, co-sponsored with ACHA, to be held Wednesday April 3, 2019, and a roundtable discussion of issues affecting home care agency owners.
When: Wednesday, February 13  |  11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar | 437 Main Street, Middletown, CT
Cost: $20 for members, $40 for nonmembers, registration includes cost of lunch
Click here to register.

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HCAOA Virginia

Save the Date

Please save the date for the HCAOA Virginia chapter meeting on Wednesday, February 27 2019.

We will be meeting in multiple locations connected together remotely. You are welcome to attend any location. The meeting will be free for members. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details and a registration link coming shortly.
If you have any questions, please contact Nataly Schwartz at
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Congressional Update

Minimum Wage Debate Begins

The federal minimum wage would be gradually increased to $15 an hour from $7.25, and then adjusted annually based on median wages, under legislation introduced by House and Senate Democrats. The bill would also gradually phase out separate lower wages for tipped workers, youth, and individuals with disabilities.
Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have wage floors that are higher than the federal minimum as of Jan. 1, according to the Labor Department. Some cities and counties have even higher minimum wages.
The bill would increase the hourly minimum wage to $8.55 about three months after enactment.

Each year after that it would increase to the following specified amounts:
  • $9.85 a year after the initial increase.
  • $11.15 two years after.
  • $12.45 three years after.
  • $13.75 four years after.
  • $15 five years after.
After the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour, the Labor Department would annually adjust it to reflect any changes in the median hourly wage for all employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics would compile data on hourly wages to determine the median.The last increase to the federal minimum wage was enacted in 2007 under Public Law 110-28, which set the wage at $7.25 an hour in 2009.

Discussions Underway for Broad Immigration Legislation

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have gotten into a back-and-forth over the details of an immigration and spending deal that could eventually lead to an agreement to end the partial government shutdown.
Democratic leaders quickly rejected Trump’s proposal over the weekend for a package that would provide $5.7 billion for physical barriers at the southern border while delaying for three years deportation of undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He also pitched an extension of Temporary Protected Status for other undocumented immigrants and more funds for drug detection technology at ports of entry.
The bill would create new restrictions for Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S., in many cases requiring minors from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras applying for asylum to submit an application at a designated center in Central America, rather than coming to the U.S.
The legislation includes seven appropriations bills that would end the partial government shutdown, as well as $12.7 billion in disaster aid added in an effort to sway support from Democrats.
Trump’s plan hasn’t garnered support from top Democrats, but it has prompted an informal counteroffer. House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on “Fox News Sunday” Democrats would like “a permanent fix” for those under the DACA program and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status.
Democrats still want Trump to agree to end the shutdown, at least with a continuing resolution, before starting full negotiations on a broader immigration measure. But House Democrats had already planned to take another stab at a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security.

Credit for Caring Legislation

Sponsors of the Credit for Caring legislation introduced during the 115th Congress indicate they will be reintroducing this legislation sometime in February of this year.  HCAOA is working closely with Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and other key sponsors to highlight the importance of tax policy that enables seniors to remain in their homes as they age. 
The Credit for Caring Act would create a new, non-refundable federal tax credit of up to $3,000 for eligible family caregivers to help address the financial challenges of caregiving. Eligible working family caregivers caring for loved ones of all ages could receive the credit if the care recipient meets certain functional or cognitive limitations or other requirements. This tax credit would help family caregivers caring for loved ones who are not dependents or who do not live with them, unlike the current child and dependent care credit.
Congressional Corner

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Ranking, House Education and Labor Committee

Virginia Foxx, a former community college president and conservative stalwart, is a champion of a frugal federal government that she says stays “as close to the Constitution as possible.”
In the 115th Congress, she worked to scale back Obama administration regulations in education and labor policy as the chairwoman of the Education and the Workforce Committee. In the 116th Congress she will serve as the Ranking Republican in a new minority role. 
A teacher and administrator at several colleges and universities in North Carolina, Foxx ran for a seat on the Watauga County Board of Education in 1974. Foxx lost that election, but won the next and went on to serve on the board for a dozen years.
Foxx was president, and later a consultant, at Maryland Community College in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, from 1987 to 1994. She also served as deputy secretary for management in the North Carolina Department of Administration under Governor Jim Martin.
She won election to the North Carolina state Senate in 1994 and spent a decade in office. Her congressional path began in 2004, when Republican Richard Burr gave up the 5th Congressional District House seat to run for the Senate. Foxx came in a close second in the eight-candidate Republican primary for the nomination, and then won the runoff and general elections. In 2016, she was re-elected with 58 percent of the vote, consistent with her past performances.

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