Advocacy in Action

PHA Members Meet with Congresswoman Wild to Discuss Care at Home

On Feb. 22, representatives from PHA member agencies and PHA CEO Vicki Hoak met with U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA 7th District), newly elected to Congress in November, in her home district in Bethlehem.

During the informal meet and greet, the group discussed issues impacting homecare and federal legislation of importance to the industry, such as The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). The group also encouraged the House to introduce legislation that would refine home health payment through the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) to ensure behavioral-based payment adjustments are rooted in evidence and observed data.

Photo from left: Heather Fotopoulos, Bayada; Michelle Udicious, St. Luke’s Home Health & Hospice; Rep. Wild; PHA CEO Vicki Hoak (back row); Mike Brown, Preferred Home Health Care; Megan Saraceno, Bayada (back row); Michael Detweiler, Bayada. 

Senior Support Coalition Hosts Breakfast for Legislators

Members of the Senior Support Coalition, including PHA, hosted a breakfast on Feb. 5 for new legislators and committee chairs. More than 25 legislators attended to learn more about protecting older adults in Pennsylvania. Other members of the Senior Support Coalition include AARP, Alzheimer’s Association of PA, Center for the Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly, PA Association of Area Agencies on Aging, PA Adult Day Services Association, and PA Association for Senior Centers. Photos – Left: PHA COO Jennifer Haggerty talks with Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery), majority chair of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. Right: PHA CEO Vicki Hoak meets with Rep. Joseph Webster (D-Montgomery) (left) and Rep. Joseph Hohenstein (D-Philadelphia) (right).

Three PHA Member Agencies Highlight Home-Based Care for Legislators

Recently, Clarion Forest VNA, Visiting Angels, York, and UPMC Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice invited their local legislators into the homes of three consumers. State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) (kneeling in photo to left) visited a patient of Clarion Forest VNA in late December; State Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) visited a patient with UPMC Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice; and State Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) (kneeling on left in photo to right) visited a client of Visiting Angels, York. All three visits were a great opportunity for the state lawmakers to learn more about homecare and why it is so important to those who receive the care.

Legislators Attend Deer Meadows Veterans Library Dedication

PHA Board Member Stanley A Rynkiewicz III, RN, MSN, WCC, DWC, CCS, NHA, recently spearheaded an effort to create the Bernard Stepanski Veteran’s Library at Deer Meadows Retirement Community. Several legislators, including state Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) (left) and state Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia), participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the library, in memory of Stepanski, a World War II Army veteran who fought in the Battle of Manila in the Philippines.


PHA Board Member Meets with Women in State House

PHA Board Member Sue Heinle, President & CEO, Visiting Angels – York, met with state Rep. Kristin Hill (R-York) during the House Republican Campaign Committee’s special event for women legislators. Heinle, a supporter of HomePAC, PHA’s political action committee, often meets with local legislators to discuss the issues that are important to the homecare and hospice industry, and the people we serve. Click here to learn more about how you can get involved with HomePAC.  



State Representative Recognizes PHA Member for 5-Star Home Health Rating

State Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-179) (right) recognized PHA Board Member Stanley A Rynkiewicz III, RN, MSN, WCC, DWC, CCS, NHA (left) and Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services for their 5-Star Home Health Compare Rating. Congratulations to Deer Meadows and thanks to Rep. Jason Dawkins for taking time to recognize the importance of home-based care!