Submitted by Rick Hynick, Director, Client and Family Advocacy (GAO)
Karen R, the daughter of a client who receives personal care waiver services and has strong interests in home health care advocacy, oversees a family-run volunteer program started last year called Betty and the Bear. This program donates hand-made teddy bears to people with dementia and anyone who has had an organ transplant letting them know that they are special and cared for by many. Last year, they donated 55 bears. For more information about this program, or how you can help sew a bear, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Laura Ness, Director, Government Affairs (GAO)
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller was called to testify recently at the US Senate Committee on Finance during the Graham-Cassidy bill proposal. This proposed legislation would have a traumatic impact to the home care industry. Not only would it have limited health care coverage for millions of Americans it would have also block granted Medicaid which would limit Pennsylvanians access to home care services.
Because of our advocacy efforts and the advocacy efforts of others, the bill was removed from consideration.
There have been many action alerts this past quarter each one more important than the last. Thank you for taking the time to be a heart for home care and taking action!
Submitted by Tara Montague, Manager, Client and Family Advocacy, NJ (GAO)
Last Tuesday, three of our pediatric clients met with their local legislators to show them what home health care is all about. Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, from District 25, visited the home of 20 year old client Lily K. out of our Morris Plains Pediatrics (PED) office. Lily’s mom, Emma, and PED Director Christine Rios shared their thoughts on the necessity of home health care services with the Assemblyman, as they explained Lily’s various needs. Lily just wanted him to play catch with her.
The second visit of the day, was to the home of two clients from the Passaic County Pediatrics (PCP) office. Dawn Moeller, mom to clients Zak and Tyler, invited Senator Gerald 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. The Senator talked to the boys and then sat down at the kitchen table with Dawn, as well as Clinical Manager Rachel Faber and Client Service Manager AnneMarie Desantis and had an honest conversation about the needs of their family and others who are medically complex. The Senator even asked Dawn to stay in touch with him by email so he could help.