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.
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.
The HCAOA Michigan Chapter invites you to join us for our first ever Virtual Lobby Day on March 23! Interact with key legislators and decision makers and educate them on our industry and the value we bring to our customers. read more
HCAOA Michigan Chapter Chair, Russ Knopp, created an incentive program at his agency to encourage the staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Governor Whitmer recently released her third budget, which builds on the Michigan COVID Recovery Plan she has already laid out. For direct health care workers, Michigan is permanently extending the $2 per hour wage increase. In addition, there will be $19 million for the MiChoice program expansion to provide alternatives to nursing home care by increasing slots for Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver services (increase of 1,000 slots). read more
There is significant variation in each county’s vaccine rollout plan, so Michigan home care agencies are encouraged to contact their local health departments about getting workers included in the vaccine prioritization round.
Connecticut: Chapter Continues Advocacy for Medicaid Rate Increase
The HCAOA Connecticut State Chapter continues to advocate for an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates for home care providers. In a major disappointment, the Department of Social Services recently posted on its website a modest increase in reimbursement and then withdrew it, purportedly to await the results of its provider rate cost survey and study. Joe Markley of Companions & Homemakers has led the advocacy efforts of the Chapter’s DSS Medicaid committee, forming a coalition of organizations supporting an increase, drafting a letter to the Governor in support and lobbying state officials.