Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Upcoming Appearance: AA Homecare Washington Legislative Conference - March, 2008

AAHomecare’s 2008 Washington Legislative Conference
March 4-6, 2008

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
Washington, DC

Once a year, the homecare industry joins forces in Washington to visit Congress to advocate for stronger homecare policies and discuss the critical legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry. Nothing speaks louder than an effective face-to-face meeting with Representatives and Senators. I have been invited to attend this conference in my role as Ms. Wheelchair America. I will be telling my personal story of the issues I face as a woman with a disability.

The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) works to strengthen access to care for the millions of Americans who require medical care in their homes. AAHomecare represents healthcare providers, equipment manufacturers, and other organizations in the homecare community.

The association advocates on behalf of the entire homecare community in legislative and regulatory arenas. On a daily basis, AAHomecare staff communicates with Members of Congress, key Committees, and Congressional staff as well as various federal agencies, especially the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. AAHomecare also provides information about compliance issues, industry trends and data, forums for education and training, networking opportunities, and consumer information.

The American Association for Homecare was formed in February, 2000, from the merger of three national associations — the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) Home Care Market Group, the Home Health Services and Staffing Association (HHSSA), and the National Association for Medical Equipment Services (NAMES). In December, 2001, the American Homecare Association joined the new organization.

Homecare provides tremendous value for Americans’ healthcare dollar and is an important part of the solution to the nation’s healthcare crisis. It is my belief that no one should be forced to live outside of their community setting.