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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

Member News

Save the Date! 2019 HCAOA Leadership Conference

For those HCAOA members who were unable to attend the conference this year, we hope to see you at the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference, September 22-23 in Tucson, AZ! 
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HCAOA Introduces the Safe Home Care Initiative During the 2018 Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care Conference

HCAOA rolled out its Safe Home Care Initiative with a presentation during the 2018 Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care Conference, taking place in Oregon on October 3-6.
During this presentation, licensed clinical social worker and spokesperson for the initiative, Cameron Svendsen explained how this new educational resource aims to better inform consumers of home care services, and professionals referring these services, so that they are equipped to make informed decisions on what is in the best interest of the care recipient and his or her family.

Stay tuned for more information regarding this initiative – in the meantime, please visit If you know of any social worker groups who may be interested in receiving more information, please contact

Secure Your Exhibit Booth for the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference!

Be first in line to select your booth location for the 2019 HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference! Simply click here to register today (please note: sponsors will receive the first booth selections, then exhibitors, by registration date). These early bird rates are available for a limited time only! 
Also – did you know that Associate Members of HCAOA received a $200 discount on their 2018 conference registration? This year's conference was just a glimpse of the great things HCAOA is doing on behalf of its member, and we want the chance to help your business succeed throughout the year! Click here to take a look at the many benefits of HCAOA membership. 
Now is the time to join and support HCAOA in its efforts as the voice of the home care industry! Please contact Anita Douglas at to sign up as an HCAOA Associate Member.  
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Upcoming HCAOA Webinar

How to CREATE the Caregiver Team You NEED

  Linda Leekley, Founder & CEO, In The Know Caregiver Training 
Date and Time: October 23 at 1:00pm EST 
Description: Finding qualified caregivers is a huge challenge. So, stop looking for "qualified" people. Instead, hire caregivers with the “right stuff” who are in it for the right reasons. We can show you how to take the right people from zero to qualified quickly by using targeted screening, caregiver certification, professional training and a little inspiration so you can CREATE the caregiver team you NEED.

After attending this ever, participants will be able to:
  • Pre-screen potential hires to find caregivers with the “right stuff” who are in it for the right reasons.
  • Evaluate professional caregiver training providers and caregiver certification programs that meet the needs of the agency and its caregivers.
  • Develop a system that takes the right hires from zero to qualified in a short time.
Click here to register for this webinar.
Past HCAOA webinars are available in the online store.

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 the 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.
Click here to order your copy today!
Chapter News

HCAOA Georgia

HCAOA Testifies Before Georgia House Study Committee on the Workforce Shortages
On October 9, HCAOA Executive Director Phil Bongiorno presented testimony on behalf of HCAOA to the Georgia House of Representatives Study Committee on the Workforce Shortage and Crisis in Home & Community-Based Settings. The committee is chaired by HCAOA member, Representative Jesse Petrea (R- Savannah). Rep. Petrea has been working to find a solution to the caregiver shortage facing the home care industry in Georgia and successfully lead the passage of HR 1257 that created the House Study Committee to explore possible solutions. HCAOA’s testimony included a reference to a GAO study that  cited challenges in recruiting and retaining caregivers for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services programs and how other states addressed this challenge. HCAOA urged the committee to review the GAO findings and consider the recommendations employed by other states as indicated in the report. Phil Bongiorno concluded his testimony stating, “As the leading organization representing in-home personal care providers in Georgia and across the United States, HCAOA stands ready and able to work with the study committee to find viable solutions to this workforce shortage crisis. Thank you again for this opportunity.”

HCAOA Michigan

First Ever Chapter Meeting!
Please mark your calendar for an important meeting regarding the Michigan In-home Care Association transitioning to the Home Care Association of America. This will be the first ever meeting of the brand new HCAOA Michigan chapter.
Come hear about HCAOA from the Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz. Get the latest legislative updates from Wendy Block, a lobbyist for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Block will talk about key election races including the governor’s race. She will also be talking about the ballot initiatives and what they will mean to businesses.
Don’t miss this important meeting. Even though this event is free, please use the link below to register so that we have an accurate headcount for the meeting.
Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
Location: : Michigan Chamber of Commerce, 600 S Walnut Street, Lansing, MI 48933 
Cost:  Free!
Click here to register!

HCAOA Illinois

Next Week: HCAOA Illinois October Meeting
HCAOA Illinois is hosting its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 16. Marla Fronczak, Executive Director of the Agency on Aging in Northeastern IL, will be presenting on "Aging Network in Illinois and Key Demographic Trends in Aging". See learning objectives below:
Learning Objectives:
  • Overview of the Older Americans Act (OAA) and Aging Network in Illinois
  • Role of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
  • Key Demographic Trends 
  • OAA Funded Core Services
  • Advocacy Tips
Come meet with fellow members and receive a legislative update, in addition to updates on chapter news and activities.
Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am Central
Location: Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126 
Cost:  Free for chapter members
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at or 202-508-3872.
Despite our best efforts
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HCAOA Virginia

Join Us for the First HCAOA Virginia Meeting!
HCAOA Virginia will be hosting its first meeting on October 30! The meeting will be held simultaneously in two locations – one in Yorktown, VA and one in Annandale, VA. Join us for this opportunity to network with fellow home care providers in your area, learn how you can contribute to future chapter efforts, and discover the benefits this new chapter will provide to the home care industry in Virginia.
Date: Tuesday, October 30
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • The Crossings on the Peninsula, 3540 Victory Blvd, Yorktown, VA 23693
  • Bright View - Woodburn, 3450 Gallows Rd, Annandale, VA 22003
Cost:  $20 for members, $40 for nonmembers
If you have any questions please contact Manager of Chapter Services, Nataly Schwartz at or 202-508-3872.

Click here to register!

HCAOA California

Governor Brown Signs AB 2455 into Law
Despite our best efforts, we regret to report that CA Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2455 into law. There was no special announcement coinciding with the bill signing. It was part of a larger announcement regarding bill signings and vetoes. We want to acknowledge and thank all of our HCAOA members and their caregivers for your assistance in our efforts to urge Governor Brown to veto the bill.
Next Steps and Options
The bill is set to take effect July 1, 2019. Leading up to that date the California Department of Social Services (DSS) will be required to adopt regulations and/or administrative procedures to implement the bill, including updating the registration process to include a notice that home care aide (HCA) information may be disclosed, that the HCA has a right to opt-out and will include instructions on the opt-out process. DSS will have to build the architecture to manage the opt-outs and the processes for disclosing the names/cell numbers, etc. of HCAs who do not opt out.  

HCAOA will have the opportunity to intervene with DSS during the development of these regulations/procedures while reserving the right to be a party to litigation that challenges the constitutional authority of California to implement such a statute.  
In that regard, please see the legal analysis letter that we commissioned Littler Law firm to send (dated September 7, 2018) to Governor Brown on our behalf as he was considering his decision whether to sign the bill. The letter concluded with Littler's legal opinion that should AB 2455 become law, it would be subject to a possible legal challenge on three separate constitutional grounds: invasion of privacy, denial of equal protection, and violation of the Supremacy Clause. As a result, we are considering our options for a possible legal challenge to the legislation on constitutional grounds. Furthermore, we are planning to develop a Q&A guidance document on AB 2455 that will be available to members and their caregivers as a resource going forward and will update accordingly as DSS structures a regulatory framework from the legislation.
Please contact if you have any comments or questions.  

HCAOA South Carolina

HCAOA South Carolina Chapter Chair, Akin Watson, welcomes attendees.
HCAOA South Carolina First Meeting a Huge Success!
On October 3, the HCAOA South Carolina chapter had their first in-person meeting at Brookland Baptist Convention Center in West Columbia, SC. The meeting was very well-attended with over 50 attendees and 5 vendors. Presenting at the meeting was a panel of speakers from Community Long Term Care (CLTC) and two speakers from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In addition, Nataly Schwartz, Manager of Chapter Services at HCAOA was in attendance and introduced two guest speakers from Georgia; Martin Miller, HCAOA Board of Directors Member-at-Large, and Jesse Petrea, HCAOA member and State Representative for Georgia House District 166.
Nataly also introduced the current chapter leadership; Chapter Chair, Akin Watson, Chapter Vice Chair, Nate Rhodes and Membership Chair, Charles Aiken. Attendees received invaluable information about HCAOA, the importance of being involved in their local chapter, changes in CLTC and an update on licensing requirements from DHEC. Attendees were also given plenty of time to network with each other and vendors. Keep an eye on your inbox for more South Carolina meetings coming soon.

HCAOA Arizona

Attendees at the HCAOA Arizona October 2018 Meeting.
On October 4, the Arizona chapter of HCAOA met at Homecare Assist, who were wonderful hosts, with a welcoming and accommodating staff. The main meeting presenter was Roscoe Mutz, an attorney from Farhang & Medcoff Law Firm. Mutz did a great job answering attendee questions regarding medical marijuana in the workplace. Many of the attendees will be making changes to their employment handbooks to clarify their policies on the issue of medical marijuana. Gayle Bohling gave the group an update on the HCAOA 2018 Annual Leadership Conference and some of the legislation efforts around the country.  Bohling reminded attendees how important it is for home care providers to band together to make change happen. Chapter Chair, Krystal Wilkinson gave a preview for the upcoming 2019 AZ Lobby Day, and the 2019 HCAOA Conference in Tucson. Overall, it was a great meeting!
Congressional Update

Senate Democrats Challenge Trump Rule on Limited Duration Health Plans

All forty-nine Democrats, led by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), are mounting an unlikely effort to strike down the Trump administration's rule expanding short-term, limited duration health plans. They're trying to force a Senate vote today, October 10 to overturn the new rule, which became effective last week.
The rule allows insurers to sell short-term plans that last for up to three years, rather than the three-month stopgap conceived by the Obama administration. The plans don't have to comply with the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) requirements, which makes them a less expensive alternative for some consumers — but also means that patients with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage.
However, the Democrats are likely to lose unless two Republicans join their effort — and it's not clear they have the support of Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, who opposed ACA repeal efforts. The measure also would need to clear the GOP-controlled House, an almost certain non-starter.

NFIB Shared HCAOA Views on White Collar Overtime Issue

When the Department of Labor (DOL) eventually rolls out new private sector overtime pay requirements, it’s widely assumed that we will see a more business-friendly rule than the Obama administration proposed. Some of the fiercest critics of the Obama version—Republicans and business groups—have largely said they are fine with a “modest” or “reasonable” hike in the $23,500 salary level under which workers are automatically eligible for overtime pay. They just do not want the DOL to go anywhere near the $47,500 point that Team Obama liked.
But at least one influential corporate advocate thinks DOL shouldn’t touch the salary figure at all. In fact, the National Federation of Independent Business isn’t so sure the department even has the power to take pay rates into account in deciding who’s eligible for overtime pay. The group is urging the DOL to get the Justice Department to weigh in on that before moving ahead with the new rule.
HCAOA had also voiced its opinion to the DOL that it should return the threshold back to the $23,500 level.
Congressional Corner
With just 27 days left to the elections on November 6, it is essential for HCAOA members to participate in the election process.  Below is a link to resources provided by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill publication, that can assist you in tracking House, Senate and Governor races.

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