PHA Kicks off 'Bring the Vote Home' Campaign
PHA today officially kicks off "Bring the Vote Home," a nationwide citizenship project to help senior, disabled and homebound Americans who have difficulty traveling to polling places cast their votes during the 2012 election cycle.
The campaign is being launched in partnership with other state home healthcare associations to engage the nation's 12 million home healthcare patients - including 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries - via voter and absentee ballot registration initiatives.
"We are proud to be participating in Bring the Vote Home on behalf of the homebound patients we serve who would otherwise not have the resources or ability to vote in this year's election," said Vicki Hoak, PHA CEO. "Our goal is to facilitate and aide in the process of registering and casting a vote so that these important constituents can raise awareness about the issues our state's seniors and disabled care about most."
PHA is engaging its member agencies to conduct voter drives among their staffs, patients and consumers. Caregivers will provide their patients and families with voter registration forms or applications for absentee ballots.
"Bring the Vote Home is about making the voices of the homecare industry – our consumers and our employees – heard," said Paul Bartoletti, CEO, Caregivers America, and PHA president. "This political campaign season is the best time for us, as a community, to band together, speak up and tell our lawmakers what the issues are facing our industry and what we support and, perhaps more importantly, what we don't. Home health patients, seniors and disabled individuals across Pennsylvania are particularly interested in how our state's elected officials will stand up for the issues that impact their healthcare."
Click here to visit PHA's "Bring the Vote Home" website, which includes all necessary voter registration and absentee ballot forms, as well as tools and resources for agencies to use to register their staff, consumers, patients and their families to vote.