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BAYADA Hearts for Home Care, Inc. – also sometimes referred to as Hearts for Home Care or H4HC – is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that is affiliated with—but separate from—BAYADA Home Health Care, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Under US federal tax law, section 501(c)(3) organizations like BAYADA are limited in how they can advocate for change. Hearts for Home Care has been formed under section 501(c)(4), which allows for greater flexibility in how one can advocate and the tools available.

Other examples of 501(c)(3) organizations with 501(c)(4) affiliates include: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Hospice Action Network (HAN); The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM); and March for our Lives and the March for our Lives Action Fund.

The 501(c)(4) non-profit organization (H4HC) that is separate from the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (BAYADA) is necessary to protect and preserve the 501(c)(3) public charity status of BAYADA while permitting maximum governmental affairs and advocacy activities.

Development of an affiliated 501(c)(4) non-profit organization aligns with BAYADA's smart growth strategy, as the Government Affairs team works to create a legislative and regulatory environment in which decision-makers recognize home health care as the fiscally and socially responsible solution to the nation’s healthcare needs, thereby supporting BAYADA’s mission of creating a lasting legacy and serving millions of people worldwide.

BAYADA’s Government Affairs Office (GAO) began establishing the H4HC brand in 2016 to begin the process of bringing home care advocacy beyond the BAYADA community. While the name, branding images, and other such items have been in developmental use, the 501(c)(4) entity itself has only officially launched as of January 2023.

While we have asked BAYADA employees and other members of the home care community at-large to sign up to demonstrate their interest in Hearts for Home Care advocacy before, all who wish to become an official member of the new 501(c)(4) entity must sign up after 1/1/23 and annually thereafter. because under the rules governing the official 501(c)(4) entity, all members must affirmatively establish and renew their membership once a year.

Currently, BAYADA Hearts for Home Care, Inc. – is governed by a separate 5-member Board of Directors which represents BAYADA’s interests, the interests of individuals who join as action members, and the interests of organizations that join as affiliate members. The President/Executive Director of H4HC is Dave Totaro who also currently serves as BAYADA’s Chief Government Affairs Office.

BAYADA’s GAO office staff will continue to be the voice for BAYADA before legislators and regulators to support pricing and access to care, representing BAYADA specifically. BAYADA Hearts for Home Care, Inc. advocates can also be employees—but the H4HC brand will represent home care more widely, as a larger community.

Whether you have previously signed up to demonstrate your interest before, as of 1/1/23, all memberships must be affirmatively claimed. Please be sure to sign up at <link> even if you think you may have already done so.

Members of H4HC are able to participate in advocacy activities that will serve to educate and inform state and federal lawmakers about home care. They will also receive certain benefits, including:

  • Customized communications to your lawmakers: Joining H4HC will allow you to receive email notifications about state and federal proposals that will impact home care, and will help you to reach out to legislators with your thoughts. For example, telling your legislator that you are supportive of better funding for home care, or unsupportive of a policy that would make accessing home care more difficult for those who needed. H4HC’s goal is to make advocacy as easy and accessible to you as possible, so such messages would be pre-drafted and editable to save you time while still enabling you to share your voice.
  • Exclusive advocacy opportunities: H4HC members will be given opportunities to meet with legislators in-person and via Zoom, and to be a part of media opportunities to support home care. We intend to make advocacy an easy but regular part of members’ daily lives.
  • Ongoing learning and education: Hearts for Home Care will share optional training opportunities and resources for members, including advocacy best practices and how-tos. If you are not yet sure about advocating in person, these opportunities are meant to help you feel more comfortable and confident sharing your stories.
  • A say in H4HC leadership:  H4HC action members have the right to nominate individuals to fill one Director position on the H4HC Board of Directors, and the right to vote in the election to fill that Director position.

There are two ways to sign up. If you are a current BAYADA employee, you can register through Workday<link>!  If you are a client, family, or community you can register online.