The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) will hold a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss the licensure of Home Health Agencies and Non-Agency Providers starting October 1, 2022.
A new report released last week by PHI found that while 24 states and the District of Columbia supported direct care workers with hazard pay and/or paid sick leave policies during the first 18 months of COVID-19, 26 states did not.
This report details findings from a recent study by PHI on hazard pay and paid sick leave policies enacted across all 50 states and DC from March 2020 to August 2021 (the first 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic). The purpose of the study was to document how states responded to the challenges faced by direct care workers and other essential workers during one of the most devastating health crises in recent history—and to generate lessons for the future.
Elected officials who vote on legislation that impacts our industry, our businesses and our clients’ lives often have little understanding of the value that home care provides to millions of older Americans and people with disabilities. HCAOA is launching the national “Bring the Vote Home” campaign to educate lawmakers by inviting them into the homes of our clients (their constituents!) to learn first-hand how home care makes such a profound difference in the lives of those who rely on it.
All members are encouraged to participate in this initiative – HCAOA has made it easy for you with a step-by-step guide to identify and contact lawmakers, issues to discuss, and follow up when the visit is complete.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a NON-PARTISAN, INFORMATIONAL effort to ensure members of Congress understand the needs of this country’s growing elderly population and their desire to stay at home as they age.
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In December 2021, Lamb Little & Co. merged with California-based Inszone Insurance Services, (inszoneinsurance.com) expanding their ability to deliver an array of insurance programs and risk management advice to HCAOA members. Lamb Little & Co is one the longest tenured Insurance agency members of the HCAOA and have been frequent presenters at national and state convention meetings and webinars.
A reminder to all New York members that effective October 1, 2022, the hourly minimum wage for home care aides will increase by $2.00 to $17.00/hour. The wage parity benefit portions remain at $4.09 (New York City) and $3.22 (Long Island and Westchester).
On July 12, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its COVID-19 FAQs, with specific emphasis on viral testing, antibody tests, and other issues relating to workplace safety. The agency’s update arrives as the nation continues to wrestle with substantial community spread of COVID-19, and new and more contagious variants of the virus are emerging here and around the globe.
Connecticut Chapter Holds Lunch & Learn Webinar to Discuss Practical Considerations about ‘No-Hire’ Clauses
Last Thursday, Sami Asaad, partner at FordHarrison, LLP in Hartford and chair of its Home Healthcare Practice Group, presented a Lunch and Learn webinar program for the HCAOA Connecticut Chapter to discuss practical considerations in light of the legislature’s recent ban on non-hire agreements in home care.
HCAOA stands side-by-side with our more than 4,000+ (and growing!) members every day to advocate for home care businesses, caregivers, and clients. In the past few months, our dedicated team of staff, lobbyists, chapter leaders, and members successfully passed a bill to create home care licensure in Ohio and are at the table to develop the regulations, expanded the scope of services that home care aides in Illinois may provide to clients, and increased the Medicaid rate for home care services in Georgia, South Carolina, and Connecticut, just to name a few.
California: New Public Health Order Alters ‘Close Contact’ and ‘Infectious Period’ Definitions Under Cal/OSHA COVID ETS
On June 8, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an order defining “Close Contact” and “Infectious Period” for purposes of the CDPH’s Isolation and Quarantine Guidance issued on April 6, 2022. Because the definitions in the new Order directly affect requirements under the currently effective Third Revised COVID Emergency Temporary Standard, California employers should be aware of this development.
Did you know that HCAOA members receive preferred pricing on Littler’s Home Care Toolkit? This is an online resource for employers that provides guidance, template employment documents, and resource materials to help home care companies understand and comply with the patchwork of federal, state and local employment laws.
Hot off the presses, the Summer 2022 issue of HCAOA's magazine The Voice is now available online. This issue is driven by data, going in-depth about how data is critical in telling an agency’s “story” and offering an outline for agencies to determine what data to collect that applies to the agency, employees, and clients.
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HCAOA reminds all home care agencies to register their schedulers, care coordinators, case managers (whatever title you give these heroes!) for the “Home Care Schedulers and Care Coordinators: Solutions for Success” webinar on July 14. Agency owners and directors are also encouraged to participate to gain insight into what tools your schedulers need for success and how to make them feel valued.
This week, HCAOA joined 70 other consumer groups, provider associations, health systems, community-based nonprofits, and other health leaders urging CMS to ensure continued support for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is increasing specific reimbursement rates for personal care and nursing services for State Plan and home and community-based waiver services (HCBS).
DHS Rule Increases Automatic Extension of Work Authorization for Certain Eligible Renewal Applicants
On May 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) automatically extending the work authorizations for certain renewal applicants listed on the USCIS website. Normally, the DHS regulations provide an automatic extension of 180 days from the expiry date stated on the Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The May 4, 2022, TFR increased the automatic extension from 180 days up to 540 days. The primary objective for the additional 360-day extension is to prevent gaps in work authorization due to the USCIS’ significant processing delays for work permit renewal applications.