News Releases

2017

June 13
Secrets No One Told You About Family Caregiving - New Resource to Help Pennsylvania Families Unveiled at State Capitol
Today, family caregivers from across the state joined the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) at the state Capitol to unveil a new resource, Secrets No One Told You About Family Caregiving, a 48-page handbook featuring tips, tricks and helpful hints for family members who are caring for a loved one.

May 23
ProStat Recognized with My Learning Center Star Award at State Homecare Conference
ProStat, Inc., which provides in-home personal care assistance, was recognized on May 4 with the My Learning Center Star Award during the 2017 Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) Annual Conference at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Poconos. ProStat employees have completed more than 7,000 training courses on My Learning Center, a free, online video training program for direct care workers and family caregivers developed and maintained by PHA.

May 11
CareGivers America Recognized with My Learning Center Star Award at State Homecare Conference
CareGivers America, LLC, which provides Medicare and Medicaid certified home health and non-medical homecare services, was recognized on May 4 with the My Learning Center Star Award during the 2017 Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) Annual Conference at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Poconos. CareGivers America employees have completed more than 14,000 training courses on My Learning Center, a free, online video training program for direct care workers and family caregivers developed and maintained by PHA.

April 25
More than 250 Home-Based Care Advocates Tell Legislators, Administration Officials There’s No Place Like Home!
More than 250 providers of home-based care to seniors, adults with disabilities and children with complex medical conditions visited the state Capitol in Harrisburg today to meet with Pennsylvania’s state lawmakers and members of Governor Wolf’s administration. Providers, caregivers, families, consumers and patients shared their personal stories about how care at home has helped themselves or their loved ones stay at home, in the community, with their family.

April 4
Olivanne Pannone of BAYADA Home Health Care Named 2017 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year
Olivanne “Anne” Pannone, a home health aide with BAYADA Home Health Care in Philadelphia, has been named the 2017 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the year. Pannone was recognized today among nearly 200 of her peers at the first Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg, organized by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA).

February 22
Patricia Rodgers, Waverly Care Associates Vice President, Elected President of Pennsylvania Homecare Association Board of Directors
Patricia Rodgers, Vice President and Director of Operations at Waverly Care Associates in Gladwyne, has been elected President of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) Board of Directors for a two-year term. 

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.