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AHCA Praises Legislation That Would Protect Vulnerable Elderly In A Disaster  
 
AHCA Praises Legislation That Would Protect Vulnerable Elderly In A Disaster
Bill Amends The Stafford Act To Ensure Equal Access To Disaster Relief For All Nursing Facilities

Contact: Katherine Lehman
(202) 898-2816
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/23/2009

Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association (AHCA) praised the introduction of the Nursing Home Emergency Assistance Act (H.R. 1494) by U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), which would ensure vulnerable residents of all nursing facilities across the country have continuous, uninterrupted access to the quality care they require during an emergency.

“AHCA thanks Representative Paul for his leadership in ensuring that all frail, elderly and disabled citizens are able to retain access to the long term care and services essential to their health and well being during a disaster,” stated Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of AHCA. “We encourage Congress to take swift action to ensure that all care providers – regardless of tax status – can access federal assistance for disaster relief efforts.”

The Nursing Home Emergency Assistance Act amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to allow the President to provide reimbursement to private for-profit nursing homes for damages and expenses from a major disaster or emergency.

“AHCA/NCAL is enormously proud of the owners and caregivers who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our frail, elderly, and disabled – and their families – remain safe,” Yarwood concluded. “It is impetrative that during an emergency these individuals – who often work in make-shift conditions, sometimes with no power – have access to federal assistance for disaster relief efforts to ensure the safety of America’s most vulnerable citizens.”

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.


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