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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

Get the Most out of Small Business Week

This week is National Small Business Week – a celebration of the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. About half of all American workers – including the employees of many HCAOA Members – work at or own a small business.
This week is also the perfect time for our member companies to make sure they’re taking advantage of the many resources provided to small business owners across the country. The Small Business Administration is hosting several events and providing other resources to celebrate.
In addition to those official resources, and as part of our partnership with Dell Technologies, through May 10th, HCAOA members can receive savings of up to 45% off of select models, including Optiplex, Latitude, Precision Workstations, PowerEdge servers, Dell Storage, Networking, and Thin Clients.

To take advantage of this offer, visit Dell’s HCAOA microsite, select the product line you’re interested in, and submit your email address to receive a dedicated coupon code


Travel With Every Attendee Throughout the HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference & Beyond By Sponsoring the Registration Bag!

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!
Market your services to HCAOA members at the Annual Leadership Conference by sponsoring the Registration Bag! See more information about the sponsorship package below.
Registration Bag Sponsorship
Travel with each attendee throughout the Conference and beyond by sponsoring the HCAOA registration bag. A bag is given to each registered attendee.

Sponsor will receive:
  • Sponsor logo on front of registration bag
  • 8x10 Exhibit Booth
  • Sponsor ribbons for all registered company personnel
  • Recognition in the Conference Program
  • Company name and logo with link on the HCAOA Conference website
  • Recognition on Leadership Conference Signage
  • Complimentary use of one (1) pre-show & one (1) post-show Leadership Conference Attendee List
To learn more about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please see the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference Sponsorship Prospectus. Opportunities are going quickly, reserve your spot at the Annual Leadership Conference today!
Thank You to our current 2019 Annual Leadership Conference exhibitors and sponsors!  We look forward to seeing you in Tucson, AZ this fall!
Exhibit Registration
Sponsorship Registration
Chapter News

HCAOA Georgia

Join us on Thursday, June 13th, for the HCAOA Georgia Chapter meeting. Don't miss out on the opportunity to network with your colleagues in the home care industry, receive an update on the latest legislative happenings, and discuss recent developments in the industry.
Date/Time:    Thursday, June 13, 10am - 1pm
Location:       Georgian Terrace Hotel
                        659 Peachtree Street NE | Atlanta, GA  30308
Watch your inbox for more information about this event, including an agenda and registration link.
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HCAOA Wisconsin

Join Us May 15 for HCAOA Lobby Day in Madison
Prior to meeting with Legislators, please join us at Kavanaugh's Esquire Club in Madison to discuss our legislative talking points. Lunch is available at your expense.
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 15 | 11:00am
Location: Kavanaugh's Esquire Club | 1025 N Sherman Ave. | Madison, WI | 608-249-0193
After lunch, we will all go to the Wisconsin State Capitol for meetings with legislators. Please register as soon as possible so that we can make appointments with your legislators.

Please click HERE to register. If you have any questions, please contact Nataly Schwartz at
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 Connecticut

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Contact your Legislators in Hartford to Protect Your Home Care Business

Three bills before the Connecticut General Assembly would impose broad and severe restrictions on the ability of home care providers to expand their offerings and grow their businesses. They are: 
  • Senate Bill 1051, which would require home care agencies to collect personal, identifying information about employees and submit it to the Department of Consumer Protection.
  • House Bill 7164, sec. 12, would prohibit all homemaker-companion agencies, even those not participating in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program, from using standard, lawful non-compete (or non-solicitation) agreements in the ordinary course of their business.
  • House Bill 6931 requires employers to provide certain home care workers employed for at least 90 days with either advance written termination notice or severance pay.
Please join us in contacting your state legislators, and urge them to allow home care providers to manage their own businesses and grow at an appropriate rate. When you send your message, feel free to add a personal story to the letter provided.

HCAOA Illinois

HCAOA Illinois invites you to attend the HCAOA Illinois State Conference: Positivity, Proactivity, Productivity. Attendees will be immersed in the latest home care innovations, business strategies, practices and methods. Leading vendors will be exhibiting their latest offerings supporting home care providers across the state and country. Take this great opportunity to learn the newest competitive strategies, find out what's cutting-edge, and network with local key innovators all in one location.

Topics include: Updates from IDPH, Medical Cannabis, Caregiver Retention and Recruitment, and a special keynote presentation by Jim White, Chief Experience Officer of Jim White Advantage Guest Experience, which will outline the seven key characteristics of great patient experiences. See details below:

Opening Reception: Monday, May 13 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm 
Conference Date and Time: Tuesday, May 14 2019, 8:30am - 4:30pm 
Location: Double Tree by Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel in Lisle, IL on May 13 - 14.
Cost: (Registration includes the Opening Reception, however, if you cannot attend the full conference, registration can be purchased in our store for just the Opening Reception)


 April 20 - May 12 








Please click HERE to register. If you have any questions, please contact Nataly Schwartz at

HCAOA California

Upcoming Webinar – Unionization Issues: What You Need to Know about AB 2455 and Beyond

AB 2455, a law that will require the Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide labor organizations with the names and personal contact information of home care aides, is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2019. Leading up to the effective date, 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 instructions on the opt-out process. DSS will have to build the architecture to manage the opt-out process and the procedures for disclosing the names and personal contact information of aides who do not opt out from having their information disclosed to labor organizations as allowed by the law.

Considering the potential legal pitfalls presented by this law, HCAOA California is hosting this webinar to provide information on the potential impact on home care providers and how you can mitigate legal liabilities and risk when communicating with caregivers about their rights under AB 2455. Furthermore, as DSS structures a regulatory framework to implement the law, we plan to interpret the most updated information available from DSS. 
Date: May 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Presented by Robert E. King, Esq., Legally Nanny®
Register HERE

Bob King is an attorney and the Founder of Legally Nanny®, a law firm that specializes in representing home care and nanny agencies and household employers. Bob is a former HCAOA Board member and an expert on home care legal issues.

HCAOA Massachusetts

Join a Coalition of Home Care Providers at the NFIB Small Business Day on May 9th 

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) is hosting a Small Business Day lobbying event on Beacon Hill next week. This is a perfect opportunity for our Massachusetts members to turn out en masse and share the concerns of the Home Care Industry with other small business owners and our local representatives. Click here for more information and to register.

HCAOA Washington

WAHCA 12th Annual Conference Blooming with the Boomers
Yesterday kicked off the start of the 12th Annual Blooming with Boomers Conference in Lynnwood, WA. Attendees, exhibitors and sponsors all participated in the theme “Build a Strong Camp to Weather any Storm” and dressed in camping gear. Exhibitors decorated their table to compete for the “Best Camping Table” decked out with bear paw prints and fake campfires adding to the general camping theme. The conference opened with Shawn D’Amelio, HCAOA Washington Chair and Blooming with Boomers 2019 Co-Chair, and Jeff Wiberg, HCAOA Board of Directors Chapter Liaison and Blooming with Boomers 2019 Co-Chair, welcoming attendees.
Following the welcoming presentation, attendees were able to select from a number of breakout sessions followed by an update on Unionization of Home Care. Following a delicious lunch, attendees heard a valuable legislative update from chapter lobbyist, Leslie Emerick.
The day ended with a panel discussion on “Successful Transitions When Moving Camps – Hospitals, Skilled, Communities or Home” which was followed by a fun and engaging cocktail mixer. If you missed the conference this year, be sure to keep an eye out for information about Blooming with Boomers 2020!
Congressional Update

Wage and Hour Administrator Sworn In

On April 29, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced Cheryl Marie Stanton was sworn-in as the Administrator of the Department's Wage and Hour Division.
"I welcome and congratulate Cheryl Stanton as she officially assumes the position of Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "Cheryl brings with her a distinguished career including prior public service as Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce."
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.
Stanton was nominated by President Trump on September 2, 2017, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 10, 2019.

Senate Committee Begins Debate in Retirement Savings

Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is giving Senate tax writers a chance to weigh in on making the most of retirement savings.

A May 14 hearing on challenges to long-term financial security is scheduled to include testimony from industry professionals ranging from policy gurus for the employer-supported American Benefits Council to board members of AARP.

The last time the Senate panel addressed retirement tax breaks was in late 2016, when members unanimously passed the debut version of the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA). Three years and multiple iterations later, lawmakers now have an updated RESA blueprint (S. 972) to build on, as well as other bipartisan alternatives that have emerged on both sides of the Capitol.

House tax writers unanimously approving the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 (H.R. 1994) in early April. That put into play several retirement-related provisions included in RESA along with competing legislative priorities.

April Department of Labor Jobs Report

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued the following statement regarding the April 2019 Employment Situation report:
“Today’s jobs report announced a 3.6% unemployment rate, the lowest unemployment rate since 1969.”
America’s economy added 263,000 jobs in April and a net 16,000 additional upward adjustment in February and March. This brings the total to 5.4 million jobs added since January 2017.  
For 14 consecutive months, the unemployment rate has remained at or below 4.0% and this month included widespread good news: the unemployment rate reached record lows for Hispanic-Americans, Americans with disabilities, and Gulf War II veterans, and matched record lows for Asian Americans and all veterans. Both adult men and adult women saw declines in their unemployment rate with adult men at 3.4% and adult women at 3.1%, which was the lowest rate for adult women since 1953.
Congressional Corner

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)

Chairman, House Veteran Affairs Committee

Chairman Mark Takano wants to improve the federal government’s health care services for veterans, pushing back against the efforts of many critics of the Veterans Affairs Department to privatize much of its health care.
That, along with providing veterans with educational and job training opportunities and improving other VA services such as educational and housing benefits, are his top priorities as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Takano was raised in Riverside, where his family had settled before World War II. His parents and grandparents were among the Japanese-Americans interned during the war.
Working his way through school, he earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and remained in the Boston area for several years, working as a substitute teacher.
Then he returned home to Southern California, obtained a teaching certificate and taught in public schools, mostly in minority areas. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of California-Riverside.
Takano was elected to the Riverside Community College District board, where he served for 22 years. During his tenure, in 2001, the board approved domestic-partner benefits for college employees.
Takano first ran for the House in 1992, a presidential election year with Bill Clinton at the top of the Democratic ticket. Takano lost to Republican Ken Calvert by just 519 votes. In 1994, he ran again against Calvert — this time losing by 17 percentage points, unable to buck the nationwide wave that swept Republicans to take control of the House.
Things were different in 2012, when Takano decided to make another try for Congress. In the June 2012 open primary, in which the top two finishers, regardless of party, moved on to the November election, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican who described himself as a moderate, finished first with 45 percent of the vote, followed by Takano with 37 percent. In the general election rematch between the two, Takano won by 16 percentage points.
He’s been re-elected by comfortable margins since that initial victory.

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