Veterans Day is this Saturday, November 11, and the HCAOA stands with deep respect and gratitude to honor the brave men and women who have served our nation in the United States Armed Forces.
"It is an honor for HCAOA members to provide home care for our country’s veterans nationwide, every day,” said Doug Robertson, Director of Healthcare Regulations and Compliance for Right at Home, and chair of the Home Care Association of America’s Veterans Services Advisory Council. “HCAOA greatly appreciates our relationship with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and OptumServe as we work together to help veterans get the care in their homes that they need and deserve,” he said.
HCAOA member agencies across the nation share the privilege and honor of providing in-home care to our nation's heroes. One of HCAOA's fundamental policy initiatives is the support of the Veteran's Health Act (S.1315), a vital piece of legislation aimed at improving and expanding healthcare options for veterans. The HCAOA firmly believes that veterans should have access to the best healthcare services available and recognizes the pivotal role that the home care industry can play in achieving this objective.
"Today, more than 155,000 veterans receive in-home care under the VA Community Care Network, which includes over 10,000 home care agencies. Most of our veterans express a desire to age gracefully within the familiar confines of their own homes, and home care providers remain steadfast in their readiness to fulfill these wishes," noted HCAOA CEO Jason Lee.
On Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, Jason Lee, HCAOA’s CEO, and Michael Strazzella, HCAOA’s lobbyist, attended a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs event for its Republican members. Jason and Michael had the unique opportunity to meet with Chairman Mike Bost (R-IL), Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-WI), Rep. Scott Franklin (R-FL), Juan Ciscomani (R-AZ), and key committee staff members to discuss the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act, VA filing claim extensions, and other issues impacting veterans in the context of their home care needs. HCAOA will continue the conversation with these key Members of Congress and others to advocate on behalf of HCAOA’s members and those that they serve.
As an organization, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to veterans for their service and reiterate our commitment to continuing to work closely with the Veterans Administration to ensure that every veteran receives the care and support they so rightfully deserve.
HCAOA has created a Veterans Day email signature template and sample press release for HCAOA members, which can be downloaded here.