HCAOA California Co-Chairs

Northern CA sub-committee Chair: Mitch Williams, Home Helpers of San Mateo County

Southern CA sub-committee Chair: Trevor O'Neil, Colonial Home Care Services


Upcoming Meetings

Please join HCAOA California for a meeting to be held in Northern California.

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 15, 10AM - 12PM (Pacific Time)

Location: Atria @ Foster Square - 707 Thayer Lane, Foster City, CA 94404

Cost: Free for members, $100 for non-members


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

  • Collection and communication of feedback from DSS about the audits they have conducted

  • Multiple ongoing discussions with Gov. Brown's staff  


Furthermore, we will discuss plans for 2018.




Previous Meetings

Earlier this year HCAOA California held their 2017 Town Hall meetings and Legislative Briefing!

Home care laws and regulations in California continue to evolve and burden providers up and down the state.  Licensure is in full effect, labor laws are constantly changing, and independent contractor registries proliferate the marketplace. HCAOA is here to advocate on your behalf, with an aggressive lobbying campaign and educational outreach, to protect the interests of home care providers, their employees, and clients they serve.

Our Town Hall meeting featured a panel of speakers including:

-- Trevor O'Neil, HCAOA Southern California Chair (Southern CA meeting)

-- Mitch Williams, HCAOA Northern California Chair (Northern CA meeting)

-- Phil Bongiorno, HCAOA Executive Director from Washington DC

-- Carl London, HCAOA's lobbyist in Sacramento

-- Bob King, Esq., Home Care Attorney

Our panel briefed members on the current state and federal issues we're battling, what you can do to help, and provided answers and direction to the legal and regulatory challenges we all face.


In the News

AB 1513 Vetoed by Governor Brown 


Thanks to the advocacy efforts of HCAOA California members, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1513, a bill that would have eroded the privacy rights of home care aides by giving their personal contact information to labor unions on demand. HCAOA California strongly opposed the bill since its introduction earlier in the year. Please see the link to Governor Brown's press release HERE and veto message HERE.

HCAOA has been very active in opposing AB 1513. Linked HERE is the letter we sent to Governor Brown outlining our concerns. In addition, HCAOA engaged the services of the Littler Workplace Policy Institute to write a letter outlining the legal concerns with the bill. To read the letter from the Littler Workplace Policy Institute click HERE.

In addition, the Sacramento Bee printed our letter to the editor calling on Governor Brown to veto AB 1513. See the letter HERE. Also, the San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board urged Governor Brown to veto the bill. See the editorial HERE.

HCAOA California members and their home care aides were extraordinary in responding to grassroots messages calling for opposition to this bill. Countless phone calls, emails and letters were sent to Governor Brown urging him to veto the bill. Thank you for your efforts! 
Also, we would like to acknowledge the work of Tony Gonzalez and Carl London of London & Gonzalez, who represent HCAOA California members in Sacramento, for their incredible work in developing a winning strategy and leading a coalition of advocates to secure this victory!


Interested in Joining?

If you are interested in joining HCAOA California, please contact Nataly Schwartz, Manager of Chapter Services at or 202-508-3872.


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