Whether it’s home care legislation, the State Budget or regulatory changes, HCA is an active and influential voice in Albany. HCA’s comprehensive advocacy agenda arises from the input of members in coordination with HCA’s expert policy staff who routinely meet with state officials to support, challenge, gain clarification and develop solutions related to home care policies.

2021 Advocacy Resources

Read HCA’s 2021 ‘State of the Industry’ Report on Home Care, Hospice & MLTC Finances and Operations

HCA Issues One-Page State Budget Priority Briefing Document for 2021 Advocacy. HCA priorities include: 

  • Reject the proposed across-the-board state budget cuts.
  • Amend the state budget’s telehealth proposals to include critical guardrails on quality, licensure and scope of practice standards, and ensure proper access.
  • Adopt HCA’s “Home Care First Policy” to ensure consumers’ option to choose home care and hospice.
  • Provide financial sustainability for care by updating episodic and minimum wage Medicaid rates, provide a direct share of federal COVID-19 aid to home and community-based providers, and make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) a component of reimbursement.
  • Address urgent home care and hospice workforce needs.
  • Continue and expand COVID-19 era regulatory relief.

HCA’s 2021 Advocacy Calendar

Note: This calendar is a fluid, dynamic document and some dates and events are subject to change. HCA will also be providing links to relevant resources, digital advocacy campaigns and events. 


  • Review HCA’s legislative priorities
  • January 9: Watch Governor's State of the State Address
  • January 19: Governor releases State Budget. Inform yourself of impacts to home care, hospice and managed long term care services
  • HCA releases Executive State Budget Proposal analysis
  • January 26: Joint Budget Committee Hearings Commence
  • Participate in HCA's Phone-2-Action grassroots advocacy initiatives
  • Tell your story! Connect with lawmakers in district offices or via ZOOM during holiday recess


  • February 5: HCA’s Advocacy 101 Webinar available
  • February 9: 21-Day Amendments due
  • February 11: HCA Virtual Advocacy Day for Board Members
  • February 18: 30-Day Amendments due
  • February 25: Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Health
  • Participate in HCA's Phone-2-Action grassroots advocacy initiatives
  • Visit lawmakers during the legislative recess in the district or via ZOOM to discuss State Budget impacts


  • March 9: All Member Virtual Advocacy Day
  • State Budget negotiations continue
  • Follow State Budget happenings via HCA's newsletters and Member Alerts
  • Participate in HCA's Phone-2-Action grassroots advocacy initiatives


  • April 1: State Budget due
  • Send thank you letters to lawmakers for their State Budget efforts
  • Early April: Visit lawmakers during the legislative recess in the district or via ZOOM to discuss pending priority legislation


  • Important legislation and State Budget implementation will begin to move quickly
  • June 10: Last day of legislative session

Got Questions or Need More Information?

Please contact HCA's Director for Advocacy & Public Policy Alyssa Lovelace for additional advocacy information.


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HCA’s grassroots advocacy seeks to enlist you, as an expert in the field and as a constituent, to lobby with local, state, or federal lawmakers on behalf of an issue or cause, with HCA providing guidance, messaging (i.e., what to say or write), and tools for action. To provide you with more information on this process, as well as tips and resources, HCA’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Alyssa Lovelace has developed a Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit: Inform, Mobilize and Engage.