BAYADA NJ PAC Hosts a Fundraising Event for Assemblyman Troy Singleton

Submitted by Louise Lindenmeier, Government Affairs Office (GAO) NJ Director

 On Thursday, October 26, the BAYADA NJ Political Action Committee (PAC) hosted a fundraising event in Trenton honoring 7th District Assemblyman Troy Singleton.  Attendees included 7th District Assembly candidate Carol Murphy, representatives from the home care industry and other industries supportive of the assemblyman who is currently running for the 7th District Senate seat.  Chief Government Affairs Officer David Totaro welcomed Assemblyman Singleton and thanked the many sponsors and attendees who contributed over $13,000 in support of the assemblyman’s campaign.  Assemblyman Singleton has been a supporter of home care, our clients, and employees for many years.  He recently sponsored legislation that will mandate the managed care companies to reimburse the Personal Care Assistant Program at no less than the state’s fee–for-service rate.  In July, Assemblyman Singleton introduced new legislation to increase the reimbursement rate under state fee-for-service for private duty nursing by $10 per hour.  During the event, BAYADA recognized Assemblyman Singleton as the “Legislator of the Year” for his ongoing commitment to making home care better and stronger, as clients and families deserve the care they need in their homes.

Private Duty Nursing Bill Introduced to Raise Reimbursement under State Fee-For-Service

On July 13, Assemblyman Troy Singleton and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg introduced legislation A5089/S3400 which increases the New Jersey private duty nursing rate under State Fee-For-Service Medicaid by $10 per hour for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. The last rate increase for private duty nursing was in 2008. BAYADA has been working with the Home Care Association and other providers discussing the need for a rate increase as it is difficult to recruit and retain nurses. BAYADA did an internal study and found of the scheduled hours, only 72% of those hours were filled, leaving clients and families without care.