Home care agency owners know more than anyone that the United States economy has had a wild past year and a half. A new Labor Day report by Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute found that in early 2020, the U.S. had enjoyed a historic high rate of employment. Then jobs declined by 1.4 million in March 2020, and then by 20.8 million in April 2020, the largest drop ever recorded. This four-part report examines the current job market and also what challenges employers will face in the coming months - especially with recruiting and retaining staff.
Last week, President Biden announced vaccine mandates for workers in “most health care settings” that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. This includes hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies. HCAOA continues to monitor this development and those of various states to determine the impact on home care agencies providing personal care.
HCAOA is also pleased to report that the House Energy and Commerce Committee included language on private duty shift nursing in the budget reconciliation draft. “HCAOA’s Private Duty Coalition has been working hard to ensure that this highly specialized care provided to medically fragile children at home is available to those who need it,” said HCAOA Executive Director Vicki Hoak. “We will continue to monitor the process of the bill, and continue to advocate for PDN as necessary.”
HCAOA recently announced a partnership with the National Minority Health Association for the Flex for Checks program - a new way that both agencies and caregivers can earn money by promoting the COVID vaccine. Understandably, members had a few questions, and we are here to help!
The HCAOA Illinois State Chapter just scheduled a meeting for next Tuesday, September 21 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. CT. Save your spot today! For even more content, register for the HCAOA Illinois Chapter Conference from November 8-9. This event will offer opportunities to network, earn CEUs and more!
Join the HCAOA California Chapter on October 13 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. PT for critical updates on home care regulations, legislation and labor laws affecting the industry, vaccination mandate information and more! Featured speakers include DSS Home Care Services Bureau Chief Jennifer Niklas and Attorney Elizabeth H. Murphy, JacksonLewis.
NEW JERSEY: Get the Latest on OSHA ETS for Occupational Exposure to COVID and Legislative Updates at Chapter Meeting
The HCAOA New Jersey State Chapter will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 22 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. The meeting agenda includes federal and legislative updates, as well as COVID-19 information regarding vaccine mandates and the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard.
The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission issued long-awaited initial rules implementing the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act, which Governor Murphy signed on February 22, 2021. The Act legalizes the use of recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 and creates many obstacles for employers seeking to maintain a drug-free workplace. The new rules deal almost exclusively with the provisions governing the recreational cannabis market, leaving many employer questions unanswered.
More than 120 members of the HCAOA Georgia Chapter met recently to get federal updates from HCAOA, state legislative updates from the Chapter’s advocacy leaders, and information about several issues impacting the home care industry from key state officials. Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler spoke to the Chapter, noting that even though Georgia unemployment rates are the lowest they’ve been since before the pandemic, he is aware of the dire situation as home care agencies struggle to hire caregivers to provide care and services to seniors and people with disabilities in their homes. Local media covered the Commissioner’s visit with the chapter, and interviewed Chapter Legislative Chair Dave Lamb, who stressed just how critical this workforce shortage is because people’s health and safety at home depends on agencies being able to provide care.