Yesterday, HCAOA and the National Home Care & Hospice Association sent a letter to leaders in Congress urging their support of home care caregivers when considering the next legislative initiative to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. In the letter, the two national associations asked Congress to consider four things:
- Enhanced Pay: Fund frontline worker protection pay for home care workers to maintain this crucial workforce who are at risk every day.
- Essential Benefits: Fund child care support for frontline caregivers. No one should be asked to choose between caring for their child and their job.
- Priority of Personal Protective Equipment: Home and community-based providers should be on the priority list for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) distribution of essential PPE.
- Enhanced Support for Caregivers Providing Services Under Government Programs: Establish THE HCBS Direct Care Worker Fund to provide additional compensation and other relief to establish and reward frontline health care workers providing in-home care funded by government programs including Medicaid, Veteran’s Administration and Older Americans Act.
“This effort reflects our members’ recognition of the critical role front-line workers play, especially during this crisis,” said Vicki Hoak. “This letter is just one of many steps in our advocacy efforts to incentivize our workers to continue to do what they’re doing.”
Click here to read the letter.