PHA Lobby Day

Mia Haney – President of CareGivers America and Board President of the Pennsylvania HomeCare Association speaks at Lobby Day

On May 22nd CareGivers America President Mia Haney and staff attended the Pennsylvania HomeCare Association Lobby Day at the State Capital in Harrisburg. CareGivers America, along with over 300 other homecare providers from Pennsylvania, were there to request support from Legislators on three important issues: a 10% increase for Medicaid homecare rates, support for House Bill 1829 to permit presumptive eligibility for homecare, and an amendment to the Older Adult Protective Services Act.

As rates continue to rise to hire employees to provide care for people in need, the reimbursement rates from Medicaid remain the same causing a domino effect across the board for hiring and with Medicaid eligibility taking so long to determine, the nursing home ends up being the only option for a lot of people. PHA lobbied for a 10% increase in reimbursement to help keep seniors at home rather than a nursing home, which in turn helps save the State thousands of dollars.

The second issue that PHA lobbied for was support for House Bill 1829, which amends the Human Services Code to provide a medical assistance deemed eligibility program for home care, home health, and older adult daily living center services.[1] This amendment will help Medicaid save more money and streamline the eligibility process so that people can get home health care in their home much quicker.

Finally, PHA lobbied for an amendment to the Older Adult Protective Services Act to create three tiers of employment restrictions to help protect seniors from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation in their homes.

CareGivers America is proud to be a part of this special day every year in Harrisburg, and will continue its efforts to help make Home Health Care accessible for Seniors in Pennsylvania.

[1] Legislativate Data Processing Center. “Bill Information.” The Official Website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly., www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017.