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 Tara Montague, Manager, Client and Family Advocacy, NJ (GAO)
As a new Hearts for Home Care Ambassador, Toms River Pediatrics (TRP) Client Services Manager Allison Nulton has been enthusiastically educating legislators on matters relating to her clients. Earlier this summer, Allison took the initiative and invited state legislator Senator Samuel Thompson to a home visit for one of her clients. So, on July 26, Allison, TRP Clinical Associate Suzanne McCuen, and the clients’ mom Jocelyn took turns explaining to Senator Thompson about the needs of the children and how important home health care has been in keeping the boys at home.
While Jake (right) is the only one who receives services from BAYADA his brother Ben (left) is also afflicted by the same disease.
Submitted by David Totaro, Chief Government Affairs Officer (GAO)
On May 25, several members of the BAYADA New Jersey Political Action Committee (PAC) met with Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno at a private residence in Manasquan, and had the opportunity to discuss important home health care issues, such as the need for increased reimbursement for our nurses and aides. In addition to me leading the discussion, BAYADA was well represented by Director of Toms River Pediatrics (TRP) Cathy Mamola, TRP Associate Allison Nulton, and Vice President of the Capital Impact Group, our public affairs firm, Paul Crupi. Our PAC allows us the opportunity to have these intimate discussions with leaders of state government who support home health care and who understand our needs. The lieutenant governor will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming June 22 ribbon cutting celebration at the new BAYADA Central Support Services campus in Pennsauken.
During BAYADA’s Government Affairs Office (GAO) NJ Advocacy Week, I was excited to embark on my first experience as a BAYADA Ambassador.
On Tuesday, May 2, GAO Community Liaison Tara Montague, Toms River, NJ (TR) assistive care state programs Client Services Manager Rebecca Capuano, and I met with Senator Connors and Assemblywoman Gove from District 9. We had the opportunity to advocate for the clients we serve and ask the legislators to support raising the rate floor for NJ’s personal care assistant program in Managed Medicaid to the state’s fee-for-service rate.
We also asked them to support a $10-an-hour fee-for-service increase in private duty nursing. Both Senator Connors and Assemblywoman Gove were very receptive to the stories we shared about our clients and the challenges they face daily, and were open to having a round-table discussion in the future.
I also met with Senator Thompson from District 12 on Friday, May 5 to discuss the issues we face in the home care setting. Senator Thompson, GAO Director Louise Lindenmeier, and I discussed a variety of issues that impact home care. We invited Senator Thompson for a home visit in the near future. We hope to schedule one soon!
I am excited for future visits to advocate for our clients, families, and field staff and to raise awareness about the support that is needed to continue providing excellent home care The BAYADA Way.