HCAOA teamed up with myCNAjobs for a free 30-minute webinar with Dr. Bob Tiballi, a top infectious disease specialist also trained in internal medicine. This session provided information, education, and a discussion of the issues specific to the home care industry as we build strategies to serve both clients and caregivers in the coming months. You can now register for a copy of the recording. Stay tuned for future sessions, including a caregiver-focused conversation.
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.
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.
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.
On March 12, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation providing all public and private employees in New York up to four hours of paid leave per vaccine injection to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. The new law, which adds a new Section 159-c to the New York Civil Service Law and a new Section 196-c to the New York Labor Law, provides that the paid COVID-19 vaccination leave may not be charged against any other leave that the employee is entitled to, such as any paid sick leave or any leave provided under a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The law, which expires by its terms on December 21, 2022, requires that employers provide a “sufficient period of time,” up to four hours, to be paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay, for each COVID-19 vaccine injection. read more
Do you still have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? HCAOA teamed up with the Black Coalition Against COVID-19 and Blackdoctor.org to sponsor an informative and engaging town hall that can be shared with direct care workers, residents and the public to tackle the difficult issues surrounding vaccinations for coronavirus. The Town Hall featured senior leadership from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a variety of nationally recognized experts including physicians from Meharry and Morehouse medical schools. HCAOA urges members to share this video with your caregivers.
On February 25, 2021, Wisconsin enacted a new law designed to help reduce ambiguity regarding COVID-19-related liability. The statute, which became effective on February 27, 2021, gives certain entities broad immunity from civil liability related to COVID-19 unless they acted recklessly or engaged in wanton conduct or intentional misconduct. Read more
The immunity applies to lawsuits filed after February 27, 2021, asserting claims that accrued on or after March 1, 2020. The immunity is in addition to any other applicable immunities that may be provided by law.
Importantly, the immunity applies not only to employers with respect to workplace incidents of COVID-19, but also in many other contexts, including, for example, COVID-19-related lawsuits against long-term care providers (e.g., by their patients and/or patients’ families), retail establishments (e.g., by their customers), and universities (e.g., by their students). read more
On Saturday, March 6, the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief stimulus package passed in the Senate. The next steps include a final deliberation by the House of Representatives before it is finally sent to President Biden for his signature. A few of the key aspects of the American Rescue Plan include:
HCAOA is a proud partner of the "Count Me In" campaign, hosted by the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project. You may have even seen our posts on social media leading up to the event launch. Be part of the Count Me In community and share your story for why COVID-19 vaccines are important to you! You can share your own story and find COVID-19 vaccine resources on the Count Me In website, here.