Washington, DC – In light of a Senate vote approving the immigration bill created by the “Gang of Eight,” the American Health Care Association (AHCA) today released the following statement from President and CEO Governor Mark Parkinson:
“We are pleased that the members of the Senate took a step closer to comprehensive immigration reform with the passage of this bill. The strong bipartisanship shown by the Gang of Eight and the Senate is encouraging, and we look forward to working with the members of the House to make the bill a reality.
“The nation’s immigration crisis affects everyone in long term and post-acute care, from direct care workers to patients and families. There are solutions in this bill that would help meet America’s current and future care needs, including a temporary worker program that would fill the demand for mid-level, skilled caregivers.
“We will continue to offer solutions to lawmakers and the public on this and other issues affecting America’s seniors and persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
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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.