Illinois Health Care Association lends its advocacy voice to national debate on long term and post-acute care issues
Washington, D.C. –The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today announced that the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) is returning as a full-standing member of the Association, where it will lend its advocacy voice to the ongoing issues facing Congress this year.
“Illinois is too large a state and too critical a player in the nation’s delivery of long term and post-acute care to not be active in Washington,” said Holgeir Oksnevad, president of IHCA. “This move is a game-changer for us, and we’ll definitely make the most of it on behalf of our members, our residents and their families.”
Illinois left the Association on January 1, 2008, citing a more pressing need of its members to focus on the challenging Medicaid and reimbursement fights the state faced.
“We are so pleased to be rejoining a national organization that speaks on behalf of providers and the millions we care for,” said David Voepel, executive director of IHCA. “Our members will have an even more powerful voice in both Springfield and Washington with this move.”
“On Wednesday, our board voted unanimously to rejoin AHCA,” said John Vrba, incoming president of IHCA. “We hope with the addition of Illinois, we will be able to further assist in educating our state’s congressional delegation and others on the quality outcomes our profession has on those we serve.”
Illinois Health Care Association currently has 200 members providing services across the skilled nursing and assisted living care spectrum. Membership within AHCA/NCAL is effective September 1st.
“AHCA/NCAL grew even more unified today on behalf of the millions of seniors we care for in our centers and communities,” said President and CEO Mark Parkinson. “Every day, we are taking workable solutions to Capitol Hill, and having the expertise of Illinois and their long history of health care delivery will make our advocacy efforts all the more impactful.”
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 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.