This year brings opportunities and more challenges for the home care industry at the state and federal level, and the time is now for Florida home care professionals to step up and advocate for our industry! In March, HCAF will host its two annual advocacy days — Legislative Day in Tallahassee and the March on Washington. These events are made possible through support grants by Community Health Accreditation Program & Medline Industries.
Why should you attend?
In Tallahassee, HCAF is seeking to reduce the AHCA quarterly report fine as well as Medicaid rate increases for skilled nursing (RN/LPN) and Private Duty Nursing. We are also asking state lawmakers to continue rebalancing state spending toward home and community based care and away from more expensive institutional care, and to remove burdensome regulations that do not impact quality of care. In Washington, HCAF will continue urging Congress to adequately reimburse providers for home health care services, to oppose any calls for a home health copay and to get rid of unnecessary and expensive regulations. We can’t make our case without you!
HCAF has secured low group rates for your overnight stay in Tallahassee ($89) and Washington, D.C. ($175). Click the registration links below for more details.
Legislative Day at the Capitol: March 12-13
Legislative Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee consists of two days set aside during Florida’s annual legislative session for home care professionals to converge on the capitol. HCAF will host a preparation dinner on March 12 to bring you up to speed on the issues, and the following day will consist of meetings with state lawmakers to lobby for home care industry issues.
March on Washington
The annual March on Washington gives you the opportunity to advocate for the Medicare home health benefit to members of Congress in Washington. There will be a complimentary preparation dinner on the evening of March 18, followed by a day full of meetings with Congress on the 19th. This event is held in conjunction with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s March on Washington event, which includes educational programs and a Private Duty Leadership Summit. (NAHC event fees are separate and not included in your registration for HCAF’s advocacy event.) At a time when the Medicare home health benefit is at risk of receiving a copay or further cuts, you can’t afford not to make your case to the decision-makers in Washington!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost to attend an advocacy event?
No! There is no registration fee for either event, and your meal at the preparation dinner is complimentary. However, travel and lodging are not included.
Do I meet lawmakers by myself?
No! You will be part of a group, and the prep dinner will train you with what to say during meetings so you’re comfortable and confident. These meetings are informative and often new info to lawmakers. You’re the expert!
Will I meet with my lawmakers?
Yes! All meetings will be coordinated by HCAF staff, but you will have the opportunity to meet with your local lawmaker. Building relationships is key to lobbying and advocacy, and every relationship counts!