Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO, At Your Home Familycare, San Diego, was among over 300 home care professionals in attendance at Lobby Day, CAHSAH’s annual political and advocacy event. High on the agenda were discussions and advocacy relative to SB 411, AB 889, opposition to proposed cuts in Medi-Cal provider rates, and support for Hospice.
According to Edwards-Tate: “I wish to express my appreciation to the entire CAHSAH organization for hosting this critical and empowering event, and providing us with the tools and education needed to advocate on behalf of home care at our State’s Capitol.”
At Lobby Day, CAHSAH provided political overview and briefing relative to the foremost issues facing home care today. Additionally, Assembly Member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair, Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, received CAHSAH’s 2012 Legislator of the Year award for her work in support of home care. “It was truly gratifying meeting and speaking with Assemblywoman Yamada, whose background as a social worker has given her the expertise and heart to place people above politics, said Edwards-Tate.”
“It is important for me to thank all our State Assembly and Senate who extended their time and staff to hear our voices and concerns. Some of us were were fortunate to have scheduled meetings specifically with the offices and staff for Senator Juan Vargas (D), Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R), Senator Christine Kehoe (D), and Senator Mark Wyland (R)–a true bipartisan experience!