Last week, the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) released the final rule to update the Older Americans Act (OAA) – the first significant change to the act in more than 35 years. The OAA supports a wide array of programs and services to help seniors live independently, including information and referral, congregate and home-delivered meals, health and wellness programs, in-home care, transportation, elder abuse prevention, caregiver support, and adult day care. The rule updates reflect the increased needs of a nearly-doubled senior population since the last rule change. It also solidifies flexibilities put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic that promoted aging in place, such as carry-out meal programs for seniors.
Recently, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) reintroduced the Credit for Caring Act (S.3702), a bipartisan bill that would establish a nonrefundable federal tax credit of up to $5,000, covering up to 30% of qualified expenses exceeding $2,000. These expenses cover vital aspects of caregiving, including home care aides, adult day care, home modifications, assistive technology, respite care, and transportation.
Exclusive Invitation from HCAOA's Legislative Chair – National Home Care Advocacy Day, April 16 - 17!
Cheryl Stanton, Esq., HCAOA's Legislative Chair and Chief Legal & Government Affairs Officer at BrightStar Care, extends a special invitation for members to attend the HCAOA National Home Care Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, April 16 - 17. Please take a moment to view her video invitation above.
All members in California are invited to join HCAOA and your colleagues from across the state for an in-person opportunity to speak with legislators and advocate for in-home care services at the HCAOA California Chapter Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A friendly reminder…HCAOA is calling on all members to participate in National Home Care Advocacy Day on April 16 - 17 in Washington, DC. This event provides a crucial opportunity for home care providers nationwide to advocate for the importance of home care to policymakers.
HCAOA invites all members to join home care providers from across the country on April 17 for National Home Care Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. This is your time to tell the story of home care and ensure lawmakers understand the importance of care at home for the people we serve.
Last week, CMS sent the proposed Medicaid Access Rule, which would require that at least 80% of Medicaid payments for personal care, homemaker, and home health aide services be spent on compensation for the direct care workforce, to the Office of Management and Budget. This marks the next step in the lengthy rulemaking process and signals that a final rule could be released this Spring.
HCAOA encourages ALL members to attend the 2024 National Home Care Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 17, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Click here to reserve your spot, and we will take care of the rest! HCAOA sets up your meetings with lawmakers, provides talking points, and coaches members to ensure they get the most out of the meetings.
HCAOA members may have difficulty remaining in compliance with the ever-changing regulations and service requirements required in each state. Compounded by the challenges of a remote workforce can make it difficult for agencies to remain in good standing. Angelo Spinola, Home Health, Home Care & Hospice Chair at Polsinelli, offers strategies for mitigating the effects of a Department of Labor investigation, which can be critical for organizations to practice moving forward.
Governor Phil Murphy recently signed the New Jersey Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Act, S-723, aimed at bolstering the rights of domestic workers in the state. The legislation, championed by labor organizations, aims to provide workforce protections for housekeepers, nannies, and caregivers. The HCAOA NJ Chapter successfully advocated for amendments to the bill, mitigating its impact on the home care industry in New Jersey. Through extensive collaborative efforts, including in-person and virtual meetings, testimonies at committee hearings, and communication with legislators and industry partners, the HCAOA NJ Chapter Board of Directors and the HCAOA NJ Chapter lobbyist, Dennis Marco, played a pivotal role in influencing the final provisions of the legislation.
U.S. Dept. of Labor Releases New Rule Regarding Employee / Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
As we reported last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule on employee or independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on Jan. 10, 2024. This final rule revises the Department’s guidance on how to analyze who is an employee versus who is an independent contractor, and its release has been anticipated for some time. It is scheduled to go into effect on March 11, 2024.
Jonah Francis, president and owner of Pansy Homecare Services, LLC. in West Hartford and vice chair of the HCAOA Connecticut Chapter, and Matthew Hallisey, managing principal of Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs, LLC in Glastonbury, and lobbyist and government relations consultant for the Chapter, were featured guests on Face CT this past weekend. WTIC-AM 1080 Morning Drive News Anchor and Integrated Content Manager Morgan Cunningham interviewed the Chapter representatives, who discussed home care for seniors aging in place, public policy related to home care the General Assembly is expected to consider in the session beginning February 7, the role of HCAOA in shaping policy, and the status of the transition of regulation and oversight of the home care industry from the Department of Consumer Protection to the Department of Public Health.