HCAW In-Home Services Legislative Day

  • 06 Feb 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Olympia, WA

The Home Care Association of WA, WA State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the WA Home Care Association
invites you to participate in our:

In-Home Services Day
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
at the State Capitol in Olympia, WA!

For the past seven years, our associations have joined forces to meet with Washington State legislators to discuss important issues for In-Home Services agencies licensed under the Department of Health (DOH). In the real world, home health, hospice and home care agencies work cooperatively together all the time. Our associations typically have a very similar legislative agenda and legislators really appreciate the fact that we coordinate this day together instead of three different meetings! It’s also a fun way to get to know other in-homes services providers from around the state and in your region.

The legislative session starts on January 14th, 2019. We are contacting legislators early this year because our legislative day is less than a month away! As a reminder, Washington State has a biennial legislature where the develop the Operating Budget in the long 105-day session.

Please contact your local legislators and set up a meeting on February 6, 2019. Here is a link to find out who your state legislators are: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/. Please use your home address and not your business location as they want to meet with their constituents who live in their districts.

Once you've made appointments, please send Leslie your appointment times at lesemerick@lkemerick.com. I will need your legislative district, your legislators names and your contact information for the day. If you need additional assistance, please call 360-280-6142. We have some legislative districts that overlap between constituents and I try to consolidate those meetings. All meetings will be on the master agenda for the day.

Please begin calls for legislative appointments ASAP as their schedules will fill up quickly during session!!!

Please schedule appointments to begin after 8:00 AM so that attendees can participate in the morning advocacy training activities. Most appointments can be scheduled via an email request, although it is often better to call the legislator's office directly. Some legislative assistants may ask for what you are going to talk about. Just explain to them what in home services are (home health, hospice and home care) and we will be talking about issues related to these services.

We will be in the Washington Library Room in the lower level of the Prichard Building. It’s a great room and we have it reserved until 2:00 pm. Food is available in two cafeterias on the Capital Campus. Dome Deli in the Capital Building and the Prichard Library Cafeteria.

Prichard Building Physical Address is: 415 Sid Snyder Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98504. Parking is not easy on campus but will be accessible early in the morning at the Visitor’s Center. Please pay for 8 hours of parking at the pay station so you don’t have to worry. It takes credit cards or cash. For additional parking see: Visitor Parking

Draft Schedule for In-Home Services Day

7:00-8:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions (Coffee and muffins or bagels provided)
  • Orientation, overview of Political Landscape
  • Review In-Home Services 2019 Legislative Priorities/Song Sheet
  • Review Handouts for Legislators
8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Legislative Visits Begin! I will develop the legislative schedule as you begin to send me your appointment times. I will put more experienced members in meetings with new members if possible. The constituent in the meeting should talk first about their agency and issues. I always try to mix people from the three associations and regionally at a meeting if possible. It’s a great way to get to know your legislators and fellow in-home services providers. Rule number one: Be flexible and have fun! Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress semi-formally for meetings. It may be cold so dress appropriately for the weather.

I am including a draft “Song Sheet for 2019” (talking points) in case legislators assistants ask what you would like to talk about on that day. It may change as new bills are introduced and something comes up as a high priority for the group.

This may look overwhelming to the new participants, but don’t worry! We have a training in the morning to go over the talking points for the day and put you with more experienced attendees. Please remember rule number one:

Be flexible and have fun!

Looking forward to seeing you all in Olympia soon.

Leslie Emerick
HCAW Public Policy Director

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