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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

Congressional Corner

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Member News

Reserve Your Accommodations At The Beautiful JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Hotel For The 2019 Annual Leadership Conference Today!
The 2019 HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference will be held at the beautiful JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Hotel and Spa in Tucson, AZ on September 22–23.

The JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa welcomes travelers with luxury amenities and excellent service. Test your swing on the Arnold Palmer-designed desert golf courses, pamper yourself at our spa or indulge in delicious cuisine on the patios of one of our many buzzworthy hotel restaurants. Events like our nightly tequila toast are always popular. Attendees can hike and bike the trails that start at the downtown resort or explore the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Kino Sports complex and Old Tucson Studios. Take a dip in the multi-level pool; the lazy river and waterslide await you. Recharge in quiet luxury in the well-appointed rooms and suites. Every room benefits from desert-inspired decor, plush bedding, sitting areas and ample desks; many enjoy views of the red-tinged Arizona desert, the mountains, the golf courses or lazy river.

Also, Tucson and its surrounding areas are rich with a deep-rooted history and a culture grown from a landscape that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, and it’s easier to get here than you might think. Explore untouched corners of the vast Sonoran Desert. Look up to the sky and see a million twinkling stars. Get lost within the painted walls of historic barrios. Find freedom to roam from the depths of ancient caves to the tops of stunning mountain peaks. Experience colors, flavors, sights and sounds that you once could have only imagined. Venture off the beaten path and find out what it means to free yourself.  For more information, visit
HCAOA has secured an outstanding rate of $169 plus tax per night from the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Hotel. Reservations can be made by calling the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Hotel at 1-877-622-3140 or click HERE. 
Attendees staying at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Hotel & Spa will receive the following amenities:
  • Complimentary guided sunrise hikes into the Tucson Mountain Park
  • Complimentary nightly tequila toast in the Salud Lobby Lounge at 5:30pm
  • Complimentary access to 24 hour fitness center
  • Complimentary wireless internet
  • 15% off at Resort’s Marketplace/Gift Shop, Hashani Spa shop, Golf shops
  • Unlimited golf driving range
  • Complimentary transportation to Starr Pass Golf Club & Catalina BBQ & Co.
Please book accommodations by August 30, 2019 and mention that you are an attendee of the HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference to ensure you receive our discounted rate.
Stay tuned for registration information, coming this spring! 

Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Responds to HCAOA Input

We have had a number of HCAOA members contact us in response to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) request for information on reported concerns related to delayed payments to contracted companies providing home care services. The OIG has responded accordingly to assist HCAOA members with these concerns.

HCAOA has previously reported on VA payment delays along with other concerns with the department’s payment system. The OIG is charged with conducting effective oversight of the programs and operations of the VA through independent audits, inspections, reviews, and investigations. In that regard, the OIG is interested in hearing from home care providers who have had problems with delays in payment by the VA. If you have experienced problems with delayed payments, the OIG wants to hear from you. Please send an email to for information on how HCAOA can assist you in sharing your concerns. 
Chapter News

HCAOA Virginia Quarterly Meeting

You are invited to attend the HCAOA Virginia Chapter quarterly meeting which will be held in two locations connected together remotely. You are welcome to attend either location. Join us for this opportunity to network with fellow home care providers in your area.

Featured Speaker: James Michel is the Director of Policy and Research at Better Medicare Alliance and has more than a decade in health care policy analysis and consulting. Prior to BMA, James was a Senior Director at the American Health Care Association, the nation’s largest trade association representing post-acute and long-term care providers, where he managed much of the association’s Medicare and health information technology policy analysis and research. Before that, he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and the Advisory Board Company, two leading, DC-based health care consulting firms. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

He will be providing a policy perspective regarding Medicare Advantage plans to explain what the recent changes in policy mean for the provision of new types of benefits such as the coverage of home care.

Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am Eastern Time
Cost: FREE for HCAOA members, $50 for nonmembers*
  • Seniorcorp, 4524 Wishart Rd, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Bright View - Woodburn, 3450 Gallows Rd, Annandale, VA 22003
Click HERE to register. Please register ahead of time so that we will have an accurate headcount for each location.

*If you register as a nonmember and then decide to join HCAOA within two weeks of the meeting date, we will apply the event registration of $50 towards your membership fee.

If you have any questions, please contact Nataly Schwartz at

Conference Call to Discuss Creating an HCAOA Chapter in Utah

Join your fellow home care providers in Utah and staff from the Home Care Association of America on a conference call to discuss the benefits of starting an HCAOA chapter in Utah and learn how an HCAOA chapter can help advocate in the state on your behalf. See details below:
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 20 at 1pm Mountain Time

Please RSVP by clicking HEREDial in information will be sent out prior to the call to those responding to the survey linked above.
If you have any questions, please contact Nataly Schwartz at
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HCAOA South Carolina Monthly Meeting

You are invited to attend the HCAOA South Carolina Monthly meeting. This month will be a virtual meeting which you can join via computer. We will be providing an update on chapter activity, specifically, updates on our search for a chapter lobbyist.
Featured Speaker: Dennis Powers of Lamb, Little & Co. For over 25 years Mr. Powers has been in the insurance industry. Mr. Powers will be presenting on understanding the financial impact that workers’ compensation has on all employers, big and small and “Claims Management and Accident Investigations.”
Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm Eastern Time

Please click HERE to RSVP and a link to join the webinar will be sent out to you prior to the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Nataly Schwartz at

HCAOA Illinois

The Illinois chapter of HCAOA would like to thank Peter Miska, Owner/Administrator of Phoenix Home Care, who presented at our last meeting on the topic of "2018 and Beyond, Updates to Medicare Home Health Benefit."
To view the slides from his presentation please click HERE
If you would like to sign up for Peter Miska’s newsletter please visit
Contact us today for a free tutorial
and account set up.

Michelle Lane direct line: 816-463-9281
Khali Benney direct line: 816-282-6607

HCAOA Florida

Save the Date 

Please save the date for the HCAOA Florida 2019 Lobby Day to be held on March 27, 2019.

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


Save the Date 

Please save the date for the HCAOA Ohio 2019 Lobby Day to be held on March 27, 2019.

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
Congressional Update

Retirement Caucus in Congress Seeking New Members

House tax writers Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) are resurrecting an on-again, off-again coalition in an effort to make retirement security a top priority in the 116th Congress.

The House Retirement Security Caucus, one of the many self-directed groups lawmakers set up each session, was originally founded in 2015 by Kelly and then-House Ways and Means ranking Democrat Richard Neal (D-Mass). It looks like the group took a break from its educational outreach in the 115th Congress, but is ready to spring back into action now that Neal has assumed control of the tax writing panel following the mid-term elections that gave Democrats a majority in the House.
Their first briefing will be in mid-March and focus on “Retirement 101.” HCAOA will be engaging the Caucus to discuss the benefits of home care in retirement planning.

Border Deal Appears Possible - No Indication Its Impact on Legal Immigration

Democrats and Republicans in Congress salvaged an agreement on border security spending that depends on President Donald Trump accepting less than he’s been demanding for money to build a wall to avert another government shutdown. It still has to be written into legislation, pass both chambers of Congress and get Trump’s approval before Friday night to avoid a partial government shutdown.
The tentative deal reached last night would provide $1.375 billion for 55 new miles of border fencing in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas, according to congressional aides who spoke on condition of anonymity. That’s far short of the $5.7 billion Trump wants for a wall. But the agreement also rejects limits Democrats sought on detentions of immigrants apprehended in the U.S.
Congressional Corner

Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is at the center of most deals in the Congress as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Shelby, an old-school conservative and a tough negotiator with a populist streak.
Shelby was born in Birmingham, the son of a steelworker, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He worked as a private attorney, a Tuscaloosa city prosecutor, a U.S. magistrate and a special assistant state attorney general.
Like most Alabama politicians at the time, Shelby was a Democrat, albeit a conservative one. He served eight years in the Alabama Senate. In 1978, after first pondering a run for lieutenant governor, he decided to run for Congress, seeking the House seat being vacated by Democrat Walter Flowers, who was running for the Senate.

He ran for the Senate in 1986, capturing the seat by less than 1 percentage point over incumbent Jeremiah Denton, who had been elected in the 1980 Reagan landslide.

Shelby was re-elected in 1992, when Bill Clinton was elected president. Yet Shelby chafed at the fiscal policies of the new administration. One day after the 1994 midterm electoral tidal wave gave the Republicans control of the Senate, Shelby switched parties. Shelby’s party switch was well-received in Republican-trending Alabama, and he’s been re-elected overwhelmingly. In 2010, he won a fifth term with 65 percent of the vote.
In 2016, he faced opposition in the primary from Jonathan McConnell, a 33-year-old Marine and maritime security company founder who said the octogenarian Shelby was a career politician past his prime. Shelby, whose state held the first Senate primary of the 2016 election season, took the challenge seriously and prepared early, not wanting to suffer the same political fate as some Republican colleagues who were unseated or nearly defeated in 2012 and 2014.
In the end, it wasn’t close: Shelby trounced McConnell by 65 percent to 28 percent and went on to win a sixth term with 64 percent of the vote.

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