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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 Launches Updated Products and Services Guide

We are excited to announce the launch of our newly renovated Products & Services Guide. This much needed facelift comes with many new features and improved functionally of existing features. The simple and clean layout allows HCAOA members to easily find the products and services needed for your home care business. All premium listings will appear at the top of search results instead of getting lost in the alphabetical order. A premium listing upgrade also allows companies to bolster their profile page by incorporating a description, a company logo, images, videos, and social media links. We hope that this new platform will better serve the home care community by connecting our Associate Member vendors with HCAOA member providers. Go to HCAOA Products & Services Guide for more information.

Join us for An Upcoming Emergency Preparedness & Emergency Response Webinar Scheduled for November 27

Please mark your calendar and register for a webinar Emergency Preparedness & Emergency Response presented by Thomas R. Harper, a partner with Gilliland, Maguire & Harper.  The webinar will address ways in which home care providers can, should, or must address emergency preparedness and emergency response in the home care setting.   Specifically, the presentation will cover the following learning objectives:
•         Strategies and planning for emergency preparedness
•         Practical considerations
•         Legal and regulatory requirements
Mr. Harper has been practicing law for more than 25 years. His primary areas of practice are employment and business law, administrative law and litigation, HIPAA, and health law. He is the author of frequent writings on legal subjects important in assisting health care providers in compliance matters related to employment, Employer Mandate, HIPAA (privacy, breach notification, and security rules), and health law.

Emergency Preparedness & Emergency Response
  • Speaker: Thomas Harper, Attorney, Gilliland, Maguire, Harper, P.C.
  • Date and Time: November 27 at 2:00pm EST 
Thomas Harper
Register For This Webinar
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Join Us For A Webinar Series On Reverse Mortgages!

Please mark your calendar for a webinar series on reverse mortgages.  Participants will learn:
  • About housing wealth
  • How reverse mortgage/HECM products can help with retirement costs like long-term care services
  • How providers can best deliver the information to clients and potential clients
Webinar #1: Paying for Home Care Safely With a Reverse Mortgage – The Basics
Date/Time: December 5, 2018 at 2:00pm EST
Register Now!
Webinar #2: Working with a Financial Planner to Tap Home Equity
Date/Time: December 12, 2018 at 2:00pm EST
Register Now!
Webinar #3: Options for Innovation - Advanced Reverse Mortgage Strategies
Date/Time: December 19, 2018 at 2:00pm EST
Register Now!
For detailed descriptions of each webinar, please click HERE.
Click HERE to access past webinars in the HCAOA Online Store. 

Order Copies of The HCAOA Value of Home Care Report and Infographic Today

Caring for America's Seniors: The Value of Home Care provides information on the growing and critical role of professional home care in the U.S. in response to the millions of aging Americans who will need care. The report shines a spotlight on home care as a valuable and vital part of the solution to the challenges that accompany population aging. 
The report carefully incorporates industry facts, existing data from credible and trusted sources, and stories directly from caregivers and the families they serve to clearly articulate who we are and the benefits we provide, including benefits to seniors, their families, the health care system and the U.S. economy.
Click HERE to order your copy today. You may also order the infographic that accompanies the report. Click HERE to order the infographic.
Chapter News

HCAOA Illinois


November Meeting Next Week!

HCAOA Illinois is hosting its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 20. This will be a working chapter meeting covering rules and regulations for SB 2301, related to Alzheimer's services, among other issues. For more information on the agenda please click HERE.
Date: Tuesday, November 20
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am Central
Location: Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126 
Cost:  Free for chapter members
Please be sure to register ahead of time, as we need an accurate headcount. Click HERE to register.
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at or 202-508-3872.

HCAOA Georgia

Please join us for the next HCAOA Georgia Membership Meeting.
Are you prepared to handle these mandates?
  • EVV (Electronic Visit Verification)
  • Caregiver fingerprinting
  • The Affordable Care Act
  • Drive time Compensation
  • Loss of companion services exemption
In addition to:
  • Competitive wage pressure from Amazon, Walmart and others
  • Overtime created by caregiver shortages
  • Unionization of caregivers
How will your company survive? Be Proactive! Make Plans to Attend the
Home Care Association of America Georgia Chapter Winter Meeting!
  • Our lobbyist Rusty Paul and Rep. Jesse Petrea will be on hand to discuss the legislative climate and how to best proceed and get our voices heard.
  • Rep. Petrea will update us on his workforce study committee and how the information his committee has gathered will be used.
  • HCAOA Georgia Chair Eddie Grogan will inform us on the latest challenge to private home care from DCH (Georgia Department of Community Health) which effects all providers using proxy care givers and their patients.
  • Rachael Collier and Wayne Anderson from Synergy Benefits be present the latest updates on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and the most recent changes in the healthcare industry affecting the home care industry.
We will be recommending approval of two new chapter leadership committee members. If you are interested in becoming part of the chapter leadership please email HCAOA Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at
When: Thursday, December 6 from 10am - 12pm 
Where: The Georgian Terrace Hotel | 659 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA
Cost: $50 for members, $150 for nonmembers
Not a Member? It is not late to join. It is the best investment in your company future that you can make!

Register Here

HCAOA California

Members of HCAOA California met in Foster City on Tuesday, November 13 to discuss the impact of AB 2455, which takes effect on July 1, 2019. Bob King, founder of Legally Nanny and a home care labor attorney, discussed the dos and don’ts of dealing with AB 2455 relative to caregiver renewals and registrations. Phil Bongiorno, HCAOA Executive Director, gave a brief update on some federal legislative priorities and discussed possible legal options that HCAOA is considering as a result of AB 2455. Carl London and Tony Gonzalez, HCAOA California Lobbyists, discussed the mid-terms elections, and provided a debrief on AB 2455 being signed into law. There was tremendous audience participation with lots of questions. A similar meeting is being planned for the Southern California area.
Attendees at the Northern California Meeting

HCAOA Washington

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the Washington Chapter of HCAOA (WAHCA), met in four locations across the state: Liberty Lake/Spokane, Seattle area, Tri Cities area and Tacoma. Attendees were also able to join the meeting virtually. The meeting opened with updates from HCAOA Board of Directors Liaison to the chapter, Jeff Wiberg. Following these updates was Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Cameron Svenson, who called into the meeting to discuss the HCAOA Safe Home Care Initiative and the work being done to educate discharge planners and social workers about differences in home care models. From the Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Dan Murphy and Kate White Tudor discussed the Long Term Care Trust Act which would establish a public trust, similar to unemployment insurance, which would fund a long-term care benefit through a payroll tax of 0.49%. The group then took time to network and eat lunch, which was provided at all four physical locations. The last presentation was about “Creating Zen between Sales and Operations” and was presented by COO of Retirement Connection Guide, Amy Schmidt.
Congressional Update

Republican Senate Leadership Elections for the 116th Congress

With Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) competing to become vice chair of the Senate Republican conference, Senate Republicans are poised to add a woman to their leadership team for the first time in eight years. Leadership elections are scheduled for November 14.
Most of the roles are spoken for, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on track to continue, uncontested, in the top job. Other leadership positions have term limits that will result in some changes. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), currently chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, is in line to succeed Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) as majority whip. Republican Policy Committee Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) is in position to become Republican Conference chairman, while Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the current vice chair of the Republican Conference, would succeed Barrasso as Policy Committee chair. That leaves only the bottom rung on the leadership ladder open.
Fischer (R-NE), 67, has been an unelected member of McConnell’s leadership team for four years and part of the Republican whip team for five. She has the support of Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Ernst (R-IA), 48, is playing up her bona fides as an outsider. She was a vocal defender of Brett Kavanaugh during the nomination fight, questioning the allegations made against him in multiple interviews on Fox, CBS, and the Daily Signal. She’s being backed by her fellow Iowan, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). If elected, Ernst would be the youngest member of leadership. She also would be the only veteran.

House Leadership Elections for the 116th Congress

Lawmakers, returning to Washington for the first time in more than a month, are locked in a battle over who will lead Congress next year. In the House, GOP lawmakers are set to vote on their new leadership on Nov. 14, with a battle underway for the caucus’s top spot.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who sent a letter to colleagues last week announcing his official bid for the position, appears to be the front-runner in the race for minority leader. McCarthy was endorsed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to be his successor shortly after his retirement announcement in April. But the California Republican faces a challenge from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who, with the backing of a coalition of outside groups, argues the GOP needs a leadership overhaul if they are going to take back the House.
With last week’s defeats, House Republicans will have a smaller, and more conservative, caucus next year, which could give the at times combative wing of the conference more leverage within the party.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is slated to be the next House minority whip, while Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is expected to serve as House Republican Conference chair. House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) announced she wouldn't seek a second term in leadership last week, shortly after Cheney — who has the backing of several top Republicans — announced she planned to challenge the Washington Republican. Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), who currently serves as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, announced his bid to serve as vice chairman.
Democrats in the lower chamber are slated hold their leadership elections later this month, but jockeying for the positions is expected to heat up in coming days. While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is the front-runner in the race for Speaker, a number of members within her caucus are vowing to vote against her despite a challenger not having come forward. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced he will seek to be the next majority leader. Rep. Diana Degette (D-CO) will face off against Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) for the position of House majority whip. And Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) are both vying for the role of conference chair.
Congressional Corner

Many New Faces in Congress

Of the 227 Democrats who are guaranteed to be serving in the 116th Congress — 10 House races remained uncalled as of this week — 58 percent will be new to the majority. That includes 79 members who have served in Congress already and 53 new members. Only 95 Democrats returning next year have experienced life in the majority.
The number of Republicans serving in the minority for the first time is even more staggering. Of the 198 Republicans elected so far, 73 percent will be new to the minority. Of returning Republican members — 112 — will be serving in the minority for the first time; another 32 are incoming freshmen. Only 54 Republicans serving next Congress have been in the minority before.
Meet the new members of the 116th Congress.

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