A Note from HCAOA CEO Vicki Hoak
The word “advocacy” is used frequently when it comes to the home care industry. Whether it is advocating for a Medicaid rate increase, or urging lawmakers to support legislation that helps veterans, HCAOA consistently urges members to build relationships with state officials and legislators.
These relationships with our elected officials are more important than ever as this country grapples with how to care for a growing elderly population who will need more services at a time when there are not enough workers to provide that care.
With four more weeks left until National Home Care Advocacy Day March 28-29, in Washington, D.C., HCAOA has representation from members in 21 different states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If your agency is in a state not yet represented, please consider joining us. If your state is already listed, your voice and your story are still important!
As home care providers, we must tell members of Congress about who we are and what we do that helps thousands of older Americans and those with disabilities to remain in their own homes, living as independently as possible. We must explain the difference between home care and home health, Medicaid versus family-funded/private pay, support of tax credits for family caregivers and other issues focusing on improved access to home care
Don’t miss out on the experience of coming to Washington, meeting with the members of Congress who represent you and the people you care for, and letting your voice be heard!
Registration remains open for a short time, though the discounted hotel rate at the Mayflower Hotel ends this Friday. Click here to register and HCAOA will schedule YOUR meetings with YOUR legislators.
Here’s a snapshot of our program:
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Opening Session - Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Meetings with Legislators