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.
In Michigan, legislators supported maintaining the $2.25/hour increase for direct care workers’ wages as a permanent measure after it is set to expire in September. In addition, a Resolution was introduced and expected to pass tomorrow to recognize April as Home Care Awareness Month in the state. The Michigan chapter also provided content regarding choosing a home care provider for legislators to use in communications to constituents.
According to Russ Knopp, State Chapter Chair, “this effort was very helpful because it gave us, as home care organizations the opportunity to talk about the care we provide and how important it is to seniors in Michigan. We were also very pleased with our discussion with the Department staff when we were able to talk about the critical need for a higher Medicaid reimbursement.”
California focused their advocacy efforts on expanding the scope of services that home care aides can provide to keep patients safe at home. Specifically, they are advocating that aides can provide assistance with medication, diabetes care, and feeding tube care. We are excited to report that the California meetings had over 100 participants!