Pa. Homecare Association recognizes Rep. DeLissio’s advocacy

HARRISBURG, May 24 – Recognizing her personal advocacy to ensure all Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to be cared for and supported in their own homes, the Pennsylvania Homecare Association honored state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., as April’s “No Place Like Home Legislative Champion.”

The award is presented to lawmakers who have championed home- and community-based care. DeLissio has been a strong and outspoken advocate for homecare, said Vicki M. Hoak, chief executive officer of the PHA.

“Representative DeLissio has publicly voiced her concerns related to people being able to receive homecare, and she certainly cares on a personal and a professional level that there are as few barriers as possible in the way for those who want to stay in their homes,” Hoak said. “We know we will be working with her now and in the future on issues related to homecare.”

In a news release announcing the award, Hoak continued: “This award reflects [DeLissio’s] strong support of efforts to improve access to in-home care, including a Medicaid rate increase for personal assistance services.” Hoak added that by increasing Medicaid reimbursement for in-home care, agencies would be able to increase direct care worker wages and improve recruitment and retention efforts.

“But your advocacy doesn’t stop there,” Hoak continued. “During an April House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee informational meeting, you expressed concern with the current Independent Enrollment Broker and the length of the process for constituents to receive a wavier for in-home care under the state’s Medical Assistance program.

“Your passion for home healthcare on both a personal and professional level make you an obvious candidate for this award.”

“I’m happy to receive the Pennsylvania Homecare Association’s ‘No Place Like Home Legislative Champion’ Award,” DeLissio said. “There are issues related to allowing our loved ones to stay at home and receive care that need to be addressed. We as legislators must do what we can to make sure anyone who can stay at home does.”

Before being elected to represent the 194th Legislative District in 2010, DeLissio earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University and spent nearly 30 years in the fields of long-term care and small business ownership.