House Resolution 406, sponsored by Rep John LaHood (R-Valdosta), and an initiative of the Georgia Council on Aging, passed on March 25. The measure urges the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan to recognize the importance of long-term care providers and their direct care workers. The Georgia Emergency Operations Plan is the comprehensive state emergency operations plan developed to ensure mitigation, preparedness, appropriate response, and timely recovery from natural and manmade hazards that may affect residents of Georgia.
The Small Business Advocacy Council and Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Senator Ram Villivalam have worked to file H.B 0801 & S.B 2490 that will provide a tax incentive to businesses that retrain and hire new employees. This legislation will help both Illinois workers and employers get back to work after the global slowdown. Small businesses in the technology, healthcare, and manufacturing spaces, as well as other small businesses may be in the position to train and hire unemployed individuals. This proposed tax incentive will help small businesses transition potential employees into new fields. read more
CareerPlug, an HCAOA Associate Member, analyzed hiring data to shed light on hiring metrics and trends for small businesses across various industries. Their team analyzed hiring activity in 2020 from more than 12,000 companies — covering more than 10 million applications. On Pages 20-21 you will see highlighted key hiring metrics and trends for businesses in the healthcare industry. One of the key findings that stood out for healthcare was that 36% of hires came from custom sources, which can include industry-specific job boards (like HCAOA’s “find a provider” site or myCNAjobs), local job boards, Craigslist, and more. On the other hand, major job boards (like Indeed and ZipRecruiter) bring in 77% of applicants, but convert them to hires at a rate of only 1%.
HCAOA is a proud member of the Clear2Connect Coalition, which is comprised of disability advocacy and Veterans Service Organizations, and advocates on behalf of the deaf and hard of hearing communities to have access to quality, accurate communication technology. The Coalition recently worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to publish a blog post educating about captioned telephone service as an assistive technology option to facilitate access to communication.
The new and improved Advance Directive and Washington POLST forms will be released in early April. The purpose of Advance Directive and Washington POLST documents is to ensure people’s future medical decisions are accurately reflected in enforceable documents. Learn more during the webinar: Advance Care Planning Documents - Get to Know the New Advance Directive and WA POLST. Speakers will review key changes that streamline, clarify, and modernize the documents. Register for the webinar here.
Over the past several weeks, HCAOA has worked with state chapters to drive recognition for the direct care workers who have kept the country's most vulnerable populations safe at home throughout the pandemic. Georgia, Michigan, California and Illinois all have passed resolutions to honor these important caregivers.
StatMedical announced it is offering exclusive pricing on PPE for HCAOA members. This is a one-stop shop for vinyl, latex and nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer, masks and more! Click here to see what's in stock.
Last week, the HCAOA VA Advisory Council met with a senior leadership team from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. VA officials acknowledged receipt of a chart of issues that the Council sent to the Department earlier in March as well as the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees. The chart outlines challenges that providers face working in the VA Community Care Network.
On Wednesday, March 24, President Joe Biden signed into law H.R. 1276, the “Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize All Veterans and Every Spouse Act” or the SAVE LIVES Act, which expands Veterans Administration authority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to veterans, their families, and their caregivers.
Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday to give businesses and health care providers that have made an effort to follow COVID-19 protection guidelines some protection from lawsuits stemming from the virus. The legislation (SB 72) is the first passed by lawmakers this session to be signed by the Republican governor, and was a top priority for legislators in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. The law went into effect immediately.
HCAOA members are invited to a listening session on Thursday, March 25, 2021 with the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services’ Disabled & Elderly Health Programs Group to help inform our development of guidance for state Medicaid agencies concerning the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provision.
HCAOA state chapters in Michigan and California both held successful virtual lobby days this week. Washington held virtual lobby days a few weeks ago, and the Connecticut Chapter has its virtual lobby days coming up in April.
On April 7 from 2:00-3:00pm ET HCAOA will be hosting a members-only webinar featuring Melissa Harris, Deputy Director for the Disabled and Elderly Health Group. The webinar will include an update on Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services and the increased FMAP provided under the American Rescue Plan.
Last week, Amazon announced it is expanding the on-demand, virtual care platform, Amazon Care, in Washington now and nationally later this year. Earlier this month, Amazon Care teamed up with a variety of health care organizations — Signify Health, Ascension, Home Instead Senior Care and others — to form “Moving Health Home,” a new advocacy group with the goal of changing federal and state policies to expand at-home care. What does this mean for the home care industry?
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab and Center for Health Security are looking for caregivers to participate in a focus group session about the COVID-19 vaccine. HCAOA encourages members to share this invitation with their caregivers.