News Releases

2018

November 1
November is National Homecare and Hospice Month: Statistics Show Health Care is Coming Home
Baby Boomers are rewriting history. This generation broke new grounds on issues of equality and diversity, ended polio and gave us the internet. As this generation ages, it also is redefining healthcare. The aging Baby Boomer population has a different take on what aging and healthcare look like. While entering a nursing facility may have been the accepted norm for their parents, this generation increasingly has a desire to stay in their homes as long as possible. During November, PHA is raising awareness for National Homecare and Hospice Month. Each year, nearly one million Pennsylvanians receive care at home or nearly 100 new consumers every hour.  

October 25
Presumptive Eligibility for Homecare Falls Short This Legislative Session
Legislation that would have allowed seniors to get in-home care when they first need it by allowing homecare providers to begin care services immediately fell short of passage this year. While the legislation ultimately did not become law, the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) will work to introduce similar legislation in the 2019-20 Legislative Session that would allow homecare providers to presume eligibility for individuals seeking home-based care while the lengthy Medicaid eligibility process is completed.

October 22
Be an Informed Voter: See Where Candidates Stand on Home-Based Care with PHA Voter Guide
The Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) has released its 2018 Voter Guide to educate healthcare providers and the public on where candidates for governor and the U.S. Congress stand on issues related to the homecare and hospice industry. PHA is nonpartisan and shares the candidate responses unedited.

September 5
PHA President Testifies Before House Aging Committee, Urges Action on Bill to Protect Seniors at Home
Today Patricia Rodgers, Vice President and Director of Operations at Waverly Care Associates in Gladwyne and President of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) Board of Directors, testified before at a House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee hearing on proposed legislation to update the Older Adult Protective Services Act.

May 22
Nearly 300 Home-Based Care Advocates Tell Legislators to Protect Seniors & Make It Easier for Them to Choose Care at Home
Nearly 300 providers of home-based care for seniors, adults with disabilities and children with complex medical conditions visited the state Capitol in Harrisburg today with the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) to meet with Pennsylvania’s state lawmakers and members of Governor Wolf’s administration. Providers, caregivers, and patients shared their personal stories about how most people prefer to receive care at home, with their family, rather than go into nursing homes. However, current Medicaid regulations make that difficult.

April 10
Polling Data Show Direct Care Workers Committed to Profession, Want Additional Training to Provide Best Care
Pennsylvania’s direct care workers – people who provide care and services at home for individuals of all ages who have disabilities or a chronic illness – are committed to caring for seniors and people with disabilities at home and seek out training so they can be better at their jobs. In fact, more than half reported that they have been working as a direct care worker for more than 10 years, and nearly half plan to continue for next 10 years or more. These findings were collected last month during the 2018 Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg, organized by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA).

March 28
Verneil “Ric” Williams of Extended Family Care Named 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year
Verneil “Ric” Williams, a home health aide with Extended Family Care in Pittsburgh, has been named the 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the year. Williams was recognized today among nearly 200 of his peers at the second annual Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg, organized by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA).

2017

August 23
Hospice Compare Website: Pennsylvania Hospices Better Than National Average
According to a new website released last week by the federal government, Pennsylvania hospices rank higher than the national average when it comes to quality of care. The new Hospice Compare website was designed to give families the tools they need to research and choose a hospice agency to care for their loved one at the end of life.

July 28

PHA Teams Up with Penn Home Care and Hospice, Attorney General to Announce Free Drug Disposal Pouches for Hospices
The Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and Penn Home Care and Hospice teamed up with Attorney General Josh Shapiro yesterday to announce that 50,000 pouches were distributed to Pennsylvania hospices to combat the opioid problem and assist families with destroying the drugs that so often fall into the wrong hands.

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.