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AHCA Offers Solutions to Caregiver Shortage in Immigration Hearing  
AHCA Offers Solutions to Caregiver Shortage in Immigration Hearing
Profession says reform existing programs and remove immigration roadblocks
AHCAPressOffice@ahca.org
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/13/2013
Washington, DC – 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.


“We’re 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.”

Participating 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.

A full version of Mr. Benjamin’s testimony is available here.

Members of the public can watch Thursday’s hearing live at: http://edworkforcehouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=2.​ 

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