Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care presents Rep. Serpa with Home Care Advocacy Award
STATE HOUSE — The Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care presented Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) with the Thomas A. Lamb Home Care Advocacy Award Thursday, Sept 13, at the organization’s annual dinner at the East Greenwich Yacht Club.
“Pat has fought for those without a voice at the State House, has a strong record of being a convener of stakeholders to address complex problems and a tenacious seeker of the truth and transparency,” said Vincent Ward, president-elect of the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care. “When she learned that our direct care staff were underpaid as a result of low Medicaid reimbursement rates and multiyear rate freezes, she fought vigorously to move Medicaid home care and hospice providers toward rate parity. When providers were not being reimbursed by the various Medicaid payor sources, leaving providers to carry the state’s debt for months at a time, or when prospective patients and clients were left without access to care as a result of an ill-prepared computer system launch, she utilized her capacity as Oversight Committee Chair to expose the issues, demand transparency, and press for solutions to ensure that providers and their patients were not further vulnerable as a result.”
The award is the highest given by the Partnership for Home Care. It is named after the late Thomas A. Lamb, a state representative from West Warwick who served as the House Majority Leader in the late 1980s. Lamb was a strong advocate of home health care, serving as chairman of the Rhode Island Health Industries Development Council. He was known as the “Father of Home Care” in Rhode Island for creating the “Nursing Home Without Walls” program.
“I have long tried to advocate for the oldest, poorest and sickest members of our communities,” said Representative Serpa, who serves as chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee. “I am humbled by the recognition of the Partnership for Home Care and I look forward to building upon everything we have done to advocate for home care. I have only just begun to earn this award.”
In addition to Representative Serpa, the partnership also awarded Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and House Finance Chairman Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown) with the Legislative Champion Award.
Established in 1990, the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care represents all of the licensed home care, home nursing care, and hospice agencies serving clients in every Rhode Island community.
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903