News Releases

2017

February 9
Pa. Homecare Association CEO Comments on Governor’s Proposed 2017-18 Budget
Vicki Hoak, CEO of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA), issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2017-18 proposed $32.3 billion budget.

January 31
Pa. Homecare Association CEO Comments on Governor’s Proposal for Health & Human Services Department
Vicki Hoak, CEO of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA), issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to consolidate four state agencies - Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs - under a proposed Department of Health and Human Services.

2016

September 22
Court Finds Governor's Order to Unionize Homecare Workers Illegal, Rules in Favor of Privacy for Homecare Workers and Consumers
Today, the Commonwealth Court declared Governor Tom Wolf's Executive Order 2015-05 illegal. The Order unionized homecare workers under the Department of Human Services' (DHS) Participant- Directed program. In its ruling, the Court said that the Order's requirement that an employee organization representing direct care workers (DCWs), the United Home Care Workers of Pennsylvania (UHCWP), and the Department meet and confer is the "essence of collective bargaining," and not merely information gathering as argued by the Governor's attorneys.

September 13
Pennsylvania Homecare Association Releases Voter Guide Outlining Candidates' Positions on Senior, Medicare & Medicaid Issues
The 2016 presidential election is one of the most heated in recent history, and here in Pennsylvania there is a very important U.S. Senate race. Plus, all Congressional seats and 25 state senators are up for election. The Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) has released a Voter Guide to help homecare and hospice providers, patients, consumers and employees become better-informed voters this November.

August 8
Pennsylvania Joins Homecare Community Nationwide to Help Pennsylvania Seniors, People with Disabilities Exercise Their Right to Vote
The Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and homecare agencies across the state are joining home-based care providers across the country to participate in Bring the Vote Home, a national initiative designed to help seniors and people with disabilities who may have difficulty traveling to the polls register to vote and cast their ballots in the November election.

July 12
Pennsylvania Homecare Association Leads National Effort to Increase Access to Home-Based Care for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities
Homecare and hospice professionals from the Pennsylvania Homecare Association, leading a national coalition of members from 19 state homecare associations, are converging on Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow for the first-ever Public Policy Summit and Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

May 25
PHA Members Discuss In-Home Care Before House Aging & Older Adult Committee
The House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee held an informational hearing today at the state Capitol to learn more about in-home care services, including private duty homecare, home health and hospice. Testimony was provided by PHA CEO Vicki Hoak; President-Elect Pattie Rodgers, Vice President & Director of Operations, Waverly Care Associates; and Nancy Conklin, RN, Clinical Operations Manager, Celtic Healthcare.

May 17
Open the Door to Care at Home: Nearly 350 In-Home Care Providers Stand Up for Access to Care and Safety at Home
Nearly 350 providers of in-home care to seniors, adults with disabilities and children with complex medical conditions converged upon the state Capitol in Harrisburg today to meet with most of Pennsylvania's 253 state lawmakers. Wearing large, gold keys around their necks to symbolize opening the door to care at home, providers and legislators discussed how important it is for all Pennsylvanians to have the right to choose in-home care.