NAHC Backyard Advocacy: Home Care & Hospice Voices, United as One

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into the water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” – Dalai Lama

As Summer fades into Autumn, we invite you to help us close out this year’s annual Backyard Bash for Advocacy with our voices united in support of the home care and hospice communities.

Our representatives in Washington need to hear about the value of home-based care and services from the people who know it best – patients, families, and providers like you. NAHC is advocating on behalf of home care and hospice every day, but nothing has a greater impact than having the voices of the home care community united and amplified in sharing with Congress what needs to be done to provide the best possible care in the home for our nation’s most vulnerable patients.

We ask you to take a few moments this week to visit our Legislative Action Center and reach out to your elected officials.

Take Action Now!

Ask them to support us as we work to provide care and support individuals, young and old, helping them to live full, independent, and connected lives in the comfort and safety of wherever they choose to call home.

You are the Heartbeat of our industry and can be a dynamic catalyst for change.

On behalf of the entire NAHC staff, we thank you for your commitment to the home care and hospice communities and your continued advocacy efforts to ensure every American has access to quality home-based care and services today and in the future.

#AdvocacyInAction #NAHCHeartbeat #HomeCareFirst

Questions?

Emilie Bartolucci
heartbeat@nahc.org | 202-547- 7424

“Every Voice, Every Heart, Every Action”

NAHC Backyard Advocacy: Home Care & Hospice Voices, United as One

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into the water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” – Dalai Lama As Summer fades into Autumn, we invite you to help us close out this year’s annual Backyard Bash for Advocacy with our voices united in support of the home care and hospice…

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: Postcards for Home Care

There’s only two weeks left of the NAHC Backyard Advocacy Campaign, and we need your Voices, Hearts, and Action!

This week, as part of our Summer Backyard Advocacy efforts, NAHC is challenging you utilize the postal system and send a postcard to your elected officials’ home offices asking them to show their support for our key legislative priorities. Our caregivers are out on the front lines providing quality care and services to some of our nation’s most vulnerable and we need Congress to ensure the home care and hospice communities have all the support they need to continue to meet the growing demand for care delivered in the home.

NAHC has developed a Resource Guide to assist you in your efforts: POSTCARDS FOR HOME CARE

The resource guide contains easy sample messages for you to use, or you can use a message of your own.

While email and social media offer us the speed of connection and instant gratification that the antiquated mail system never can — the nostalgia of running out to the mailbox to see what’s inside is back. And, with our congressional representatives also at home in their home districts, now is a fantastic time to leverage this whimsy created through the postal system for advocacy on behalf of the home care and hospice communities.

Not ready to send a postcard?

You can also simply visit the NAHC Legislative Action Center and choose to contact your congressional representative(s) with just a few clicks: ADVOCATE NOW!

Together, we can ensure the home care and hospice communities have the support, resources, and protections they need to care for the nation’s most vulnerable during the public health emergency and beyond!

On behalf of the entire NAHC staff, we thank you for your commitment to the home care and hospice communities and your continued advocacy efforts to ensure every American has access to quality home-based care and services today and in the future.

#AdvocacyInAction #NAHCHeartbeat #HomeCareFirst

Questions?

Emilie Bartolucci
heartbeat@nahc.org | 202-547- 7424

“Every Voice, Every Heart, Every Action”

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: Postcards for Home Care

There’s only two weeks left of the NAHC Backyard Advocacy Campaign, and we need your Voices, Hearts, and Action! This week, as part of our Summer Backyard Advocacy efforts, NAHC is challenging you utilize the postal system and send a postcard to your elected officials’ home offices asking them to show their support for our…

NAHC Backyard Advocacy: Share Your Story

Welcome to week 6 of NAHC’s Advocacy campaign. Congress is headed back to Washington, D.C. this week to debate some key legislation and this week as part of our summer backyard advocacy campaign we are asking to stretch your story telling muscles and share your home care story with your representatives.

Legislators, and regulators, are real life people just like you. Sharing your story can help them better understand the importance of home health care and hospice services and connects them directly with the challenges facing you as patients and families today in accessing quality care and services.

Story telling is an inherent to our human nature and one the most compelling tools we have in our advocacy arsenal. We invite you to join in on our summer advocacy efforts and to share your personal story and experience with your elected officials.

Your story can help bring issues facing the home care and hospice community to the forefront of the health care debate and be a catalyst to getting our most important legislative priorities over the finish line and passed into law.

To learn more about how to share your story visit our Resource Guide.

Helpful tips to Remember:

  1. Be authentic and tell your story from the heart — your story is very personal and should be a direct reflection of your experience. There is no one “right” way to tell your story.
  2. Keep it short and sweet. Tthe clearer and more concise you can be, the easier it is for your elected official to connect with what you are saying AND remember it later.
  3. Connect your story with the issues. Your story is uniquely yours alone, but how it connects with current legislative issues is important to help your elected official connect real-life with the bills they are contemplating to support.

Not ready to share your personal story?

That’s OK! Feel free to utilize our Legislative Action Center to support one of our key legislative priorities with just a few clicks of your mouse.

  1.  Visit the NAHC Legislative Action Center
  2. TAKE ACTION!
  3. Then, forward the link to ONE other person and ask them to do the same. 

Together, we can ensure the home care and hospice communities have the support, resources, and protections they need to care for the nation’s most vulnerable during the public health emergency and beyond!

Every Voice, Every Heart, Every Action

#HomeCareFirst #NAHCHeartbeat

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: Share Your Story

Welcome to week 6 of NAHC’s Summer Advocacy campaign. Congress is headed back to Washington, D.C. this week to debate some key legislation and this week as part of our summer backyard advocacy campaign we are asking to stretch your story telling muscles and share your home care story with your representatives. Legislators, and regulators, are…

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: the Choose Home Care Act

The NAHC Summer backyard advocacy bash is in full swing, even as the temperatures begin to cool, and students make their way back to the classroom. Congress is headed back to Washington, D.C. and getting to work on several pieces of landmark legislation, we are asking you to focus your advocacy efforts on one of our most import key initiatives, The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 S. 2562.

Home care has long been a safe and effective alternative to care in an institutional setting. Reform of Medicare is overdue to provide viable, extended care services at home for patients who otherwise have only one choice, the Skilled Nursing Facility benefit. The COVID-19 pandemic has vividly shown the limitations and risks of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Beyond the pandemic crisis, extended care at home also makes sense. Nearly 33 percent of patients who go to SNFs have identical frailty scores to those who receive care at home. The main difference in these patients is that they lack access to extended caregiver services and certain other supplemental health care supports.

The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 is a cost-effective and patient preferred home-based extended care benefit as a supplement to the existing home health benefit that supports patients to leave the hospital and recover at home with a mix of expanded skilled nursing, therapy, personal care, telehealth services and more. In this way, eligible patients can choose to recover at home in a safe home environment with appropriate and sufficient care tailored to meet their individual needs and reduced Medicare spending.

  1.  Visit the NAHC Legislative Action Center
  2. TAKE ACTION!
  3. Then, forward the link to ONE other person and ask them to do the same. 

Together, we can ensure the home care and hospice communities have the support, resources, and protections they need to care for the nation’s most vulnerable during the public health emergency and beyond!

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: the Choose Home Care Act

The NAHC Summer backyard advocacy bash is in full swing, even as the temperatures begin to cool, and students make their way back to the classroom. Congress is headed back to Washington, D.C. and getting to work on several pieces of landmark legislation, we are asking you to focus your advocacy efforts on one of…

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: Flood of Letters to the Editor

Welcome to Week 4 of the 2021 Summer Backyard Advocacy Campaign!

We are halfway through our summer advocacy push, and this year, NAHC is encouraging advocates for the home care and hospice communities to write letters to the editor of your local news publications.

What is a Letter to the Editor?

When you feel strongly about an issue or a piece of legislation and you want to influence people to act, you often need to reach a larger audience than your close circle of influence. Writing a short and concise letter to your local newspaper or other regularly published community newsletter can be an excellent vehicle to get the word out and generate additional support for your cause. Letters to the editor are often the most widely read pieces in newspapers or magazines and can be extremely powerful.

How you can Help

We encourage you to speak from the heart and explain why congress should act on behalf of the home care and hospice communities. NAHC has created a toolkit with some helpful tips on how to write an effective letter to the editor.

However, if you need a little help, NAHC has created a few examples of draft letters to get you started.

Not ready to write a letter?

Not everyone is ready to take up the ink and paper (or in this day and age, the computer keys and screen) to write a letter, BUT you can still advocate. The NAHC Advocacy Center is open 24/7 and with just a few quick clicks, you can show your support for all those out on the front lines. It literally takes seconds! Visit today https://p2a.co/zr0juwz.

On behalf of everyone at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, thank you, for choosing to be an advocate for the home care and hospice communities.

Every Voice, Every Heart, Every Action

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: Flood of Letters to the Editor

Welcome to Week 4 of the 2021 Summer Backyard Advocacy Campaign! We are halfway through our summer advocacy push, and this year, NAHC is encouraging advocates for the home care and hospice communities to write letters to the editor of your local news publications. What is a Letter to the Editor? When you feel strongly…