Profession says reform existing programs and remove immigration roadblocks
– The American Health Care Association (AHCA) today will voice its support for
comprehensive immigration reform and offer solutions to the nation-wide
mid-level caregiver staffing crisis before a House Education & Workforce
Subcommittee on Workplace Protections. The Association will offer testimony
during the Subcommittee’s hearing on guest worker programs in today’s economy.
hoping to bring attention to the need for comprehensive immigration reform by
highlighting solutions to the chronic nursing shortage,” said Mark Parkinson,
President and CEO of AHCA. “There are solutions in immigration reform and we
encourage Congress to take our recommendations into consideration and develop a
plan that benefits U.S. workers, foreign workers, our nation’s elderly and
persons with disabilities.”
in the hearing will be Fred Benjamin, Chairman of the Kansas Health Care
Association and COO of Medicalodges, Inc. located in Coffeyville, Kansas. Mr.
Benjamin will speak about the challenges of providing access to high quality
care in the face of chronic labor shortages in the long term and post-acute
care profession. He will also recommend solutions for consideration by
policymakers on the Subcommittee. AHCA announced 3 principles for immigration reform earlier
this week in advance of today’s hearing.
full version of Mr. Benjamin’s testimony is available here.
of the public can watch Thursday’s hearing live at: http://edworkforcehouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=2.