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2019 Home Care Advocacy Days Recap

Monday, April 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kyle Simon

Florida home care professionals lobbied federal and state lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. over the past two weeks as part of annual HCAF advocacy events to advance industry priorities.

HCAF's annual Home Care Day at the Florida Capitol took place on Wednesday, March 26, at which more than 20 industry leaders met with more than 40 state lawmakers who serve on key health care committees. The 60-day Florida Legislative Session is more than half-way complete, but state policy priorities – which include expanded duties for home health aides, expanded use of telehealth, and a Medicaid Private Duty Nursing reimbursement rate increase request – are still under consideration.

Last week, 11 home health professionals joined HCAF staff and leadership at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice's annual March on Washington to meet with 22 members of the congressional delegation. Topics discussed with lawmakers and congressional staffers included two bills supported by the industry that remedies flaws in the forthcoming Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and permits non-physician practitioners to certify Medicare home health eligibility. While meetings took place at the Capitol, more than 70 Florida home care professionals advocated online through HCAF's Legislative Action Center. More than 250 emails were sent to members of Congress (in just a few clicks) to help advance both bills.

Said one Member who participated in these free advocacy events: "I enjoyed attending these events! I appreciate as an Associate Member being welcomed to support the industry through this event. Great job HCAF! Really love being a Member of this Association!"

"We had great contacts and felt like [our issues] were going to be supported," said another attendee. "This was definitely the busiest that I have ever been on my [legislative] visits – we really had to hustle in and out in order to make it to the next one, which was great!"

HCAF's Board of Directors and staff sincerely appreciates the dedication and leadership of those individuals who took the time to participate in these important events to demonstrate a unified voice for our industry – it makes a difference!

We will head back to D.C. for the Council of State Home Care Associations's Third Annual Public Policy Summit and Advocacy Day on September 9-10. More information and registration will be announced soon, but save the date to advocate for your industry and your business, as well as for the patients and clients you serve.


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