HCAOA members took the message of the home care industry to Capitol Hill for its 2019 Congressional Lobby Day. The group heard from officials at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and from Capitol Hill staff working on immigration policy which may help address the shortage of home care workers.
The participants raised issues addressing access to home care services. The following are key issues that were discussed with legislators:
- The “Credit for Caring Act,” (S.1443/H.R2730) - this Act is sponsored by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the Senate, and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) in the House of Representatives. This legislation begins to address concerns with access to home care and other long-term care services in the U.S. by authorizing a non-refundable tax credit for family caregivers.
- Immigration Reform - specifically expanding non-immigrant visa programs and the Dream and Promise Act
- The Homecare for Seniors Act (H.R.2878) - this Act is sponsored by Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), Rep. John Larson (D-CT), Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN). This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow health savings accounts to cover qualified home care services.