Home Care Reimbursement Advocacy Toolkit
HCAF's policy team is gearing up for the 2022 Florida Legislative Session, which begins on January 11, 2022. The home care sector's top policy priority is to have legislators address the detrimental impact that the minimum wage increase is having on home- and community-based care providers at this very moment.
Specifically, the legislature must take steps to minimize the fallout of the forthcoming $15 an hour minimum wage, especially for Medicaid providers whose rates are contractually fixed by state contracts and federal regulations.
HCAF needs every Florida home care professional to take action to raise awareness of this critically urgent policy priority to lawmakers, the media, and the general public.
If this is your first time advocating for your industry, no worries! This toolkit provides talking points and additional supporting information, and ways you can quickly and easily take action to have your voice heard.
For additional information or assistance, direct inquiries to Kyle Simon, Director of Government Affairs and Communications, at email@example.com or call (850) 222-8967.
Thank you for your leadership and advocacy!
New Legislative Delegation Meetings Announced (10/28/21) — Meetings have been added for Calhoun, Franklin, Liberty, and Taylor County legislative delegations in November. Details and instructions about how to attend and address the delegation are provided below in the schedule of upcoming meetings.
HCAF Hosts Home Care Provider Town Hall to Announce Advocacy Campaign (9/30/21) — HCAF hosted a town hall for home care providers to learn about the advocacy campaign. The recording and slide deck are available for download.
Without a corresponding increase in Medicaid reimbursement for home care services to cover the $15 minimum wage, it becomes financially unsustainable for any home care agency to provide certain services to Medicaid recipients. Moreover, not addressing this issue sooner than later will only compound the home care sector’s long-standing challenge of attracting and retaining workers to provide these services.
Click here to download the fact sheet that outlines the issue and solution for distribution to policymakers and the media.
- Providers cannot hire staff at the current Medicaid rates.
- Providers are often forced to turn away patients due to low reimbursement or are unable to deliver all the ordered visits that have been authorized.
- The minimum wage increase compounds costly regulatory burdens for providers (e.g., Electronic Visit Verification mandate).
- The $15 minimum wage is already here (e.g., Amazon, Bank of America, Starbucks, etc.). In fact, $15 is now considered too low a starting wage in some areas of the state.
Click here to view additional supporting information.