Urge Legislators to Support Medicaid Rate Increase
HCAOA Connecticut urges members to contact their lawmakers TODAY to urge them to support an increase in Medicaid funding for home care in the special session the week of June 14. Despite strong advocacy efforts by HCAOA Connecticut members, lawmakers approved a state budget last week that includes only a modest 1.2% increase in Medicaid funding for home care. It is critical for agencies to tell lawmakers about the importance of Medicaid funding for home care, how they are struggling to meet rising costs and expenses, including minimum wage, provide essential services to elderly and disabled clients, keep up with demand, and ensure industry wages rise to levels sufficient to recruit and retain direct care workers. Sharing personal stories about the care you provide and testimonials from clients praising your services can be particularly effective.
The HCAOA Connecticut Chapter joined with other advocacy groups to send a letter to Governor Lamont and legislative leaders . Join in the effort by sending this pre-written message to your legislators TODAY!
Legislative & Policy Priorities
HCAOA Connecticut Priorities (4/15/21)
House Bill 6100 - Oppose
Expands background checks of prospective caregivers by substituting state and national criminal background checks, which require fingerprinting by state police and the FBI, for comprehensive background checks; and prohibit employment of persons convicted of one of several crimes; (sec. 26) and bans medical terms in home care agency business names and advertising (sec. 24).
Senate Bill 879 - Support
Authorizes certain, limited non-solicitation agreements in home care.
House Bill 6439
Increase funding for Medicaid reimbursement in Governor's Proposed FY 2022-23 Budget for Human Services Agencies
Senate Bill 274 - Support
Income tax deduction for the cost of home health care
Senate Bill 900 - Support
Increases funding for aging in place initiatives
CT Member Survey
State of Connecticut
Connecticut General Assembly
Chapter 400o: Homemaker-Companion Agencies
Homemaker Companion Agency Registration - Department of Consumer Protection
Homemaker Companion Agencies: A Guide for Consumers
COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Management System Enrollment for Employers and Organizations (ct.gov)
Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) Resource Page
Understanding CT Consumer Protection Audit Process & Claims Owners Can Make in Advertising Materials (5/27/20)
Chapter Letter to CT Medicaid Director re: FMAP Increase for HCBS (6/2/21)
Genworth Cost of Care Survey - Connecticut
AARP Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard