HCAOA, NAHC Contact Congress on Next COVID-19 Release Phase

Following the passage of the HEROES Act, HCAOA and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice sent a joint letter to Congressional Leadership urging that protections for home care clients, caregivers and businesses be maintained through the next phase of relief. The letter, in addition to arguing for hazard pay and new worker recruitment funding, HCAOA and NAHC has asked that carveouts for unemployment be repurposed to provide workers with incentives to remain on the job.

“Even though we’ve seen a lot of forward progress, the country and the world aren’t fully clear of COVID-19,” said Executive Director Vicki Hoak. “Home care is still on the front line of this fight, and will help to keep seniors safe until a cure and/or vaccine is found. We are asking that Congress give our caregivers and home care providers the tools they need to serve a vulnerable population and keep caregivers safe and in the field.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that the next bill providing COVID-19 relief funds could be expected by the end of June. With protracted negotiations around this bill expected to rage for the next few weeks, HCAOA members can help in the following ways:.

  1. Prepare a letter to your representatives in Congress. You can find our letter template here, and the emails for your U.S. Senators and Representatives here.
  2. Get others involved! Share our letter template with your employees or others in your organization or agency, and have them reach out to their representatives too!
  3. Be a Caregiver Super Advocate: Send a picture of yourself holding up your hand (palm facing the camera) in support of our Power of 5 campaign. You can email your picture to: HCAOA@powersagency.com. Also in the email, please include your name, the name of your company, and the number of Caregivers you employ. We’ll share these on our website and other advocacy efforts and your name will be added to the HCAOA’s Caregiver Super Advocate Honor Roll.

Over the course of the next week, check out HCAOA’s Facebook page as we recognize those who’ve taken a stand to be a Caregiver Super Advocate. Our combined efforts will help Home Care Caregivers gain their well-deserved recognition as health care workers, giving them access to enhanced pay, access to childcare and needed PPE.