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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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HCAOA Promotes Value of Home Care to Loudoun Senior Interest Network

Photo Credit: Derek Archer

Today, HCAOA Executive Phil Bongiorno presented The Value of Home Care: Caring for Our Seniors, Serving Family Caregivers and Saving Health Care Costs to senior care professionals in the DC metro area participating in the Loudoun Senior Interest Network. Members of the group vary from home care companies, assisted living centers, representatives from financial institutions, insurance companies and family caregivers. The presentation is part of HCAOA's public awareness efforts to promote Caring for America's Seniors: The Value of Home Care report.

Bongiorno discussed the opportunities and threats facing the home care industry today, and HCAOA's public policy objectives on the state and federal levels. Attendees were excited to receive our report, and learn about the benefits of home care for seniors, families, and the health care system. Bongiorno also spoke about the importance of the employer model in home care, and presented recommendations from Families Caring for an Aging America, a report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Finally, Bongiorno spoke about HCAOA's awareness efforts, and the benefits of HCAOA membership.
 
If you are interested in learning more on how you can conduct similar outreach efforts in your community or market promoting The Value of Home Care report, HCAOA staff is available to assist you in this effort. Please contact info@hcaoa.org for further information.

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 Kansas Meeting


HCAOA Kansas is planning a meeting on January 11, 2018. Join in person or via phone! Connect with other Kansas home care providers and discuss issues facing the industry and goals for the HCAOA Kansas Chapter.
 
Date: Thursday, January 11
Time: 9:30 am – 11 am
Location: A Helping Hand Home Care | 1425 Oread West Street, Suite 103, Lawrence, KS 66049
 
Or join via phone, using the number below:
  • United States: +1 (646) 749-3131
  • Access Code: 450-984-821
Please register ahead of time.
 
Click HERE to register

HCAOA Illinois: January Membership Meeting

In January 2018, HCAOA Illinois will be hosting a special membership meeting. You should be receiving another postcard in the mail in the next few days. Please encourage home care providers to attend and learn more about all the great work HCAOA Illinois is doing.
 
Date: Tuesday, January 16
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Wilder Mansion, 211 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Cost: Free!
Click HERE to register!

HCAOA California Meeting

Please join HCAOA California for a meeting to be held in Southern California.
 
Date: Wednesday, January 17
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (Pacific Time)
Location: DoubleTree Suites | 2085 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802
Cost: $50 for members, $100 for non-members
 
Please be sure to register ahead of time, so that we have an accurate headcount.
 
In this meeting, we will celebrate numerous victories from 2017:
  • Defeat of AB 1513
  • Negotiation of reduced Department of Social Services (DSS) fees, saving licensed agencies and caregivers close to $2.2 million in fees 
  • Discussions with organized labor regarding planned legislation
  • Monthly calls with DSS management
  • Interaction with the chief officer of the Employment Development Department
  • Multiple ongoing discussions with Gov. Brown's staff
  • Collection and communication of feedback from DSS about the audits they have conducted
Speakers will include:
  • Trevor O'Neil, Co-Chair, HCAOA California
  • Tony Gonzalez, Lobbyist, London & Gonzalez Advocacy
  • Phil Bongiorno, Executive Director, HCAOA
  • Bob King, Attorney, Legally Nanny 
Furthermore, we will discuss plans for 2018.
 
Click HERE to register!
Congressional Update

A Few Key Staff Approved for the Department of Labor


On December 21, 2017, some of President Donald Trump's nominees for the Department of Labor (DOL) were confirmed, including Kate O'Scannlain as the agency's lead attorney. The chamber confirmed by a voice vote O'Scannlain as the DOL's solicitor, in addition to Katherine McGuire as assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs and Preston Rutledge to lead the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
 
President Donald Trump has to renominate several of his DOL nominees who didn't get confirmed by the Senate at the close of the year's session. Senate rules require the president to restart the process for nominees who didn't get a Senate vote by the end of the year. That means renominating Trump's picks for open posts and restarting the committee vetting process before those nominees can move forward to the Senate for a full-floor vote. Trump will have to renominate Patrick Pizzella for DOL deputy secretary; Scott Mugno for DOL assistant secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration; William Beach for Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner; and Cheryl Stanton for Wage & Hour Division administrator.

Senate Special Committee on Aging Look into Online Advertising Targeting


U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, recently wrote to Facebook, Google and LinkedIn to express serious concern over the use of advertising targeting tools on these platforms that allow employers to recruit potential employees in specific age ranges. The senators penned the letter in light of recent news reports on how targeted online job postings can become an avenue for age-based hiring discrimination, if not properly managed.
 
Age discrimination “continues to occur, and changes in technology and the methods employers use to recruit, hire and manage workers have introduced new avenues by which employers may engage in illegal conduct,” the senators wrote. “As America’s workforce continues to age, it is imperative that protections for older workers are enforced and updated when necessary.”
 
In their letters, Sens. Casey and Collins also requested information on how often age-targeting is occurring in employment advertising on Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, and information on what steps these companies are taking to prevent age discrimination.  
 
In February, Sens. Casey, Collins, Grassley and Leahy introduced the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), which would fully restore the protections of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and make it easier to fight back against age discrimination. In 2009, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Gross v. FBL Financial Services re-interpreted ADEA and weakened it. As a result, workers that allege age discrimination must meet a legal burden not faced by workers alleging discrimination based on race, sex, national origin or religion. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the ADEA.

Congressional Corner

Senator Orrin Hatch Announces Retirement


Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history and a leader of last year’s successful effort to rewrite the U.S. tax code, said he won’t seek an eighth term in 2018.
 
The decision may open the way to a Senate bid by Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and two-time GOP presidential contender. Romney, who was passed over by President Donald Trump for secretary of state, now lives in Utah and has been making the rounds at political events in the state, but hasn’t publicly said whether he’ll run.
His exit could spark maneuvering among fellow Republicans for chairmanship of the Finance Committee, which oversees taxes, trade and entitlements. Among the potential successors are Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Idaho’s Mike Crapo, head of the Banking Committee, Kansas’s Pat Roberts, chairman of the Agriculture Committee, and Texas’s John Cornyn, the majority whip.

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