Submitted by Louise Lindenmeier, Director, Government Affairs (GAO)
Client and Family Advocacy in NJ are picking up speed. In the third quarter of 2017, we participated in four home visits with local legislators. This brings our totals for 2017 to nine home visits, one legislative round table, and one client district visit.
Hearts for Home Care Ambassador, Allison Nulton invited NJ state legislator Senator Thompson to a home visit for one of her clients from the TRP office.
District 6 Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt visited with 14 year old Mt. Laurel Pediatrics client Juan M and his mother, Carmen.
Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll from District 25 visited the home of 20 year old PED client Lily Kaplan in Morristown.
Dawn Moeller, mom to PED clients Zak and Tyler, invited Senator Cardinale into their home to share what it’s like to have not one, but two children who are medically fragile and require nursing care.
We have two visits already scheduled during the upcoming fourth quarter and a couple more pending.
If you’re interested in setting up a home visit for one of your clients, please contact Louise Lindenmeier or Tara Montague and we will be happy to assist you.
Submitted by Lee Dobson, Area Director, NC Government Affairs (GAO)
Legislative successes, like the Medicaid rate increase for nursing last year and the home health aide increase this year, don’t magically happen. Legislative successes start with an identified need — low Medicaid rates made it impossible to pay people what they are worth — and end with legislators supporting jobs in the community and keeping families together by investing in home health care. Every step along the way, our Hearts for Home Care ambassadors carried our unified message to decision-makers. Our cumulative actions over the years, including home and district visits, legislative round tables with lawmakers, responding to calls to action, attending lobby days, etc., made all the difference. Individually and collectively our shared voices got results. Join us to be a Heart for Home Care ambassador.
Submitted by Shannon Gahs, Director, MD Government Affairs (GAO)
The “Interim” or time between the end of one legislative session and the beginning of the next, is a key time to develop relationships with partners and legislators. Much of this work is behind the scenes, but you can get involved! We need ambassadors and other office or field employee volunteers to step up to organize district office visits, where you and I will visit key legislators in the communities they represent. These visits are key to helping educate our legislators about the people we care for and the people we employ in their districts and build a foundation for future advocacy. Call or email me if you’d like to get involved.
Submitted by Louise Lindenmeier, Director, NJ Government Affairs (GAO)
Once the legislature finishes with the budget, the summer recess will begin. This is a good opportunity to reach out to your district legislators and offer legislative roundtables, or to just stop by their offices to say hello. Many of our pediatric clients have a more limited school schedule, making this is a great opportunity for home visits. If you would like assistance with home visits, roundtables, or district office visits, please let me know so I can help to get them scheduled. By early fall, the entire legislature will be busy running for re-election, so now is the time to put home health care on their agenda for discussion.