WV Chapter Chair, Eric Hicks, Right at Home, checks meeting notes alongside Les DeFelice, Visiting Angels.
Last week, Eric Hicks, owner of Right at Home franchises in WV and Chapter Chair, hosted the first meeting of the HCAOA West Virginia Chapter at his office in Charleston.
The day’s agenda included a presentation on VA-funded home care by Greg Bean from Paradigm Senior Services, a legislative update by Matt Walker, owner of Village Caregiving and Chapter Legislative Chair, and an update from Deputy Commissioner for Medical Services Cindy Beane. Evan Worrell, member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, also spoke to members during last week’s chapter meeting.
Ms. Beane discussed the state’s plan to review rate setting methodologies for Medicaid, a new policy manual, and the possible elimination of the Certificate of Need (CON) for personal care agencies. She also announced that the state plans to do a study on the impact of benefit cliffs on direct care workers.
HCAOA CEO Vicki Hoak shared the organization’s national priorities, updates from National Home Care Advocacy Day, and recommendations from the HomeCare Workforce Crisis Report.