Submitted by Tara Montague, Manager, Client and Family Advocacy, NJ and Rick Hynick, Director, Client and Family Advocacy
Client and Family Advocacy Manager Tara Montague has been busy visiting service offices with Government Affairs Office (GAO) Director Louise Lindenmeier to talk about client and family advocacy and the Hearts for Home Care program. So far, we’ve managed to visit with nine offices with more being scheduled every day.
Additionally, on January 27, GAO Director Rick Hynick had the pleasure of meeting with Kim Minor, Pennsylvania’s Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Special Kids Network (SKN). SKN helps to identify services for children and families who care for individuals with physical, developmental, behavioral, and emotional needs. Supporting families in overcoming their challenges by utilizing community support services is a large part of what SKN accomplishes on a daily basis. SKN will be working with BAYADA by promoting home care advocacy as they will be attending and taking part in our community home care support group meetings.
Overall, our offices are excited about having our clients be more involved in our advocacy efforts and supporting our legislative visits.
Submitted by Laura Ness, Director, Government Affairs (GAO)
Last week, BAYADA’s Government Affairs Office (GAO) along with the Boston Pediatrics office, helped host a lobby day for providers, support organizations, and family coalition members. The purpose of the legislation was to introduce a patient bill of rights for the medically complex population receiving continuous skilled nursing services and to obtain co-sponsors. The event was well attended by over 100 individuals and many legislators and staff. During the lobby day, we had meetings with over 50 legislators and visited every office in the legislature to drop off our packet about the bill. We were also fortunate to have the Boston Globe cover our Lobby Day! To date, we have over a dozen legislators that have signed onto the bill. Parents and supporters who were unable to be at the lobby day in person sent over 400 emails to legislators. Click here for the full text and to see what your colleagues have said about the article:
Submitted by Lee Dobson, Area Director, NC Government Affairs (GAO)
To commemorate the start of the 2017-2018 regular session, our staff attended an annual breakfast in Raleigh on January 11. As hosts of the event, staff had a 30 minute private mingle with members. We were able to thank lawmakers for the nursing increase last year, and to discuss the less-than-adequate aide rate and the overly burdensome and varying administrative requirements of Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organizations. Further, Senator Shirley Randleman, a home care supporter, thanked us for keeping her in the loop on a constituent issue where a medically fragile child is in jeopardy of losing his private duty nursing. To which Randleman said, “For the insurance company to say this baby is stable and doesn’t need home health care is unbelievable.” She is willing to help in any way possible. Events like this allow us to continue to build relationship with lawmakers. Click here for photos. Special thanks to the following staff members who represented BAYADA:
Submitted by Shannon Gahs, Associate Director, DE Government Affairs (GAO)
The 2017 legislative session opened January 10 and a newly-elected governor and lieutenant governor were sworn in on January 17. Governor John Carney and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long are expected to focus on the state’s financial situation and a large budget shortfall this year. Director of Delaware Pediatric Visits (DP) Mandy Brady and I attended Carney and Hall-Long’s inauguration celebration on Tuesday evening.
Submitted by Rick Hynick, Director, Client and Family Advocacy
On January 10, there will be a lobby day at the State Capital Building in Boston. The goal of the lobby day is to have a unified group of clients, families, home care providers and all who want a better tomorrow for home care, to come together and unveil a new Patient Bill of Rights. Moving forward, this Bill of Rights will protect the rights of the children and adults who utilize Continuous Skilled Nursing Services within the home care setting including mandating a fair and more equal wage for the nurses who provide these services in the homes of our clients.