Submitted by Laura Ness, Director, Government Affairs (GAO)
Recently, Samantha Koehler, policy aide to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging for ranking member U.S. Senator Bob Casey, and Vicki Hoak, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association, spent the day in Philadelphia with BAYADA Home Health Care. During her time with us, Samantha spent time learning about the inner workings of our service office and went on two home visits, one to an assistive care state programs client and another to a hospice client.
During Samantha’s visit, we discussed the most recent issues to impact home care in Pennsylvania including the institutional bias that still exists, the challenges with the recent proposal to block grant or institute per-capita caps to Medicaid, and the harmful proposed home health groupings rule.
Samantha loved getting to spend some time with Ms. Lenora E. and her aide Kimyatta J. Ms. E has been a BAYADA client for over a year and gets nine hours of care a day. She is served by the Philadelphia Corporation of Aging (PCA) office. She also met Florence G., a 101-year-old heart patient who can remain at home with her daughter because of the care we deliver. She loves her Clinical Manager Faith Brown almost as much as she loves her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Grace is served out of the Pennsylvania Media Hospice (PMH) office.
A big thank you to the PCA and PMH staff for hosting Samantha!
Executive Director of PHA Vicki Hoak, BAYADA Aide Kimyatta J., BAYADA Client Lenora E. and Policy Aide Samantha Koehler sit and discuss home care.
Submitted by Rick Hynick, Director of Family and Client Advocacy GAO)
Efforts are under way to communicate with adult offices that work with assistive care clients through the OLTL program. By bringing caregiving experiences together with voices of our clients and families, BAYADA’s Government Affairs Office has the ability to team up with service offices to fight for better reimbursement, which in turn can help with staff recruitment and retention.
Champions Among Us, a BAYADA quarterly newsletter dedicated to pediatric and adult client family advocacy, will soon become part of Care Connections, and will provide our clients with quarterly updates.
Don’t forget to join Hearts For Home Care at www.heartsforhomecare.com and help a client or family to join as well to become part of a growing group of people who are ready to advocate for a better tomorrow for home health care. An advocacy Facebook page will soon be underway and will be dedicated to advocacy efforts and clients’, families’ and our employees’ activities. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Awards Weekend!
Submitted by Rick Hynick, Director, Client and Family Advocacy
Director of Government Affairs in Pennsylvania Laura Ness and I met with Division Director Kevin Kuzmick and several of the service office directors from the CRO division at the Government Affairs Office (GAO) this past Wednesday. The meeting focused on the development of advocacy efforts for the clients and families who receive assistive care services from the Office of Long Term Living waiver in the Philadelphia area service offices. An exciting outcome from the meeting was the idea of having a “family day” in the Philadelphia area where our families and staff can advocate for a better tomorrow.