AHCA Applauds Introduction of Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act (H.R. 4468)

Washington, D.C. — Clifton Porter II, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at the American Health Care Association (AHCA) issued the following statement applauding Representatives Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Ron Estes (R-KS) for introducing the proposed Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act (H.R. 4468) to address a critical shortage of certified nursing assistants. 

“This is an incredibly important piece of legislation that will provide our members with the ability to combat the existing workforce challenges. Workforce recruitment and retention, particularly in rural areas, is one of the most pressing challenges confronting long term care providers today. The health care system has experienced a shortage of trained caregivers for critical roles for some time; nurses and nurse aides are among the fastest growing occupations, but supply is not keeping pace. This piece of legislation will help ensure our nation can support the workforce needs of the long term care profession. AHCA/NCAL continues to encourage Congress to support innovative programs and legislation that will help recruit, retain, and attract high quality workers.”
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 13,700 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.