Advocacy Intensive 2015 Roundup

O…M…G…. wasn’t that a blast? I hope you attendees had as much fun as the HAN staff. We are all recovering over here: going through your feedback forms, poking Members of Congress that need poking, and thanking Members who have already taken action. I am happy to report that Rep. Alcee Hastings (D, FL-20) and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, PA-08) have agreed to co-sponsor HR 3037, the Hospice Care Access Improvement Act, so special thanks to our advocates from these districts and the people who used Click2Call to advocate from home!

I have heard rumors of several Senators who are about to join the letter to CMS led by Senators Roberts (KS) and Warner (VA), so stay tuned for more news once that is official. No word yet on any more cosponsors for the Care Planning Act, but keep up with Click2Call, and hopefully we will see some movement there as well!

If you weren’t able to be with us in DC this week, (or if you were and aren’t exhausted…) Click2Call will remain open until next Wednesday, when the sign-on period for the Roberts/Warner letter closes. Please encourage your fellow hospice advocates to call their Members of Congress, and then get the word out through social media so that others can join in! Special thanks to the gang at AseraCare, who had almost, if not all of their locations call in, and sent us great pictures too!

On a personal note, I am SO THRILLED by how many of you have been engaging on social media! I have seen several new twitter accounts, and my feed is blowing up with hashtags, favorites, and retweets! Keep it up, and don’t forget to tag your Members of Congress!

We will keep  you updated as our ‘asks’ continue to move around the Hill, and keep your eyes peeled for a special guest blog post, coming soon!

I will close with one of the lighter moments during #HAN15, courtesy of the Missouri Delegation. They were so busy, there was no time to stop for a snack, so they availed themselves of the Congressional Cafeteria it seems 🙂

 

 

“Do’s and Don’ts of Meeting with Legislators in the Home District”

We were happy to host Hannah Wesolowski from the Public Affairs Council today to discuss “Do’s and Don’ts of Meeting with Legislators in the Home District.” It was super informative and the video is posted here for those of you who missed it.

TonyLiveAnd here we catch the elusive Tonius Kudneris in his native element…stalking an internet connection…

You may have noticed that we have been trying out some new technology lately, all designed to get you more and better information. We are using Facebook and Twitter more, and running call-in and video webinars as well as today’s LiveStream event. It takes a bit of doing, but we think it helps us serve you better.

In that vein, do you like it? Is it working? Do you always want a call-in number? Do you prefer video-only sessions? Do you like the use of slides? Do you find our Facebook and Twitter posts to be useful and engaging? Do you have any topics you really need a webinar/LiveStream about? I am open to ideas, and once we get past the Advocacy Intensive next week, I will start planning out new content for the Fall. I’d love to have your input!

We want to hear from you! Let us know how we are doing in the comments below!

Heading Into the Home Stretch!

TonyDarcyWe are buzzing along like a finely-tuned machine here in the HAN offices….if a finely-tuned machine ran on iced coffee, take-out food, and spreadsheets. We have completed two of the three preparatory webinar offerings for the impending Advocacy Intensive (SIGN UP IF YOU HAVEN’T ATTENDED ONE YET!), and have received some great questions from you all!

We will also be hosting a special LiveStream event at 3:00pm EST Wednesday. Hannah Wesolowski from the Public Affairs Council will be speaking with Tony regarding “Do’s and Don’ts of Meeting with Legislators in the Home District“. This is a great way to start planning for your Member of Congress to visit your hospice during the August recess, and is relevant to those attending the Advocacy Intensive as well as those advocating from home.

Speaking of those of you playing “Advocacy Intensive- the Home Game,” look for a special email coming out about our Virtual Hill Day. We will be live broadcasting on Tuesday morning, 7/14 from the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. You can participate in the Pep Rally and help support your advocates on their way to their Hill Meetings!

As a part of the Virtual Hill Day, we will have another Click2Call campaign, similar to last year. We will be asking all of you playing the home game to use our module to call, Facebook, and Tweet your Members of Congress– all while your friends will be there in person! It is a multi-pronged approach to make sure we get Capitol Hill’s full attention!Wood

So stay tuned for all these exciting events. We will be busy stuffing envelopes, making badges….and building a tree-house? What is this? Who ordered it? What is it for? I guess we will have to wait to find out….

I am hoping for a tree-house.

Care Planning Act is Burning Up the Internet!

Another strong article yesterday by Bruce Japsen and featuring our own Jon Keyserling in support of the Care Planning Act. We are so happy to see this getting serious traction in the news and on the Hill!

 

In the lead up to the Advocacy Intensive, it is important for our advocates (both at home and in DC) to think about their hospice stories. Did you have a patient who would have benefited from having something like the Care Planning Act? Did you know a family that was able to have a beautiful end-of-life experience because their loved one had a clearly established plan? Think about your experiences in the context of this proposed Care Planning Act, and be ready to tell these stories to your Members of Congress, both in person and via our Virtual Hill Day.