AHCA Supports Solutions to Ensuring Caregiver Availability in Immigration Hearing
Profession says Chronic Shortage of Caregivers will Worsen without Immigration Reform
Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association (AHCA) this week weighed-in to back comprehensive immigration reform and announce its support for establishment of a new “Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research” before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The Association offered testimony during the Judiciary Committee’s hearing titled “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744).”
“We want to offer and support solutions that mitigate the shortage of caregivers in skilled nursing and post-acute care facilities,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA. “ Our rapidly aging population has care needs that will require us to significantly increase the availability of caregivers in the future. We urge Congress to develop a plan that benefits U.S. workers, foreign workers, our nation’s elderly and persons with disabilities which is why we back the creation of the Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research.”
Participating in the hearing was Fred Benjamin, Chairman of the Kansas Health Care Association and COO of Medicalodges, Inc., located in Coffeyville, Kansas. Mr. Benjamin spoke about the challenges of maintaining staffing levels to provide high quality care in the face of chronic labor shortages in the long term and post-acute care profession. AHCA has previously testified on this issue before a House subcommittee and announced its 3 principles for immigration reform.
A full version of Mr. Benjamin’s testimony is available here.
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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 11,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development 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.