AHCA Commends Senator Hoeven for Working to Increase Veterans’ Access to Long-Term Care
Washington, D.C. – The American Health Care Association (AHCA) issued a statement in response to Senator John Hoeven’s (R-ND) questioning at a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Hearing yesterday on reducing burden and increasing veterans’ access to health care. The hearing, which focused on the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (the Choice Act), followed a U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs decision on Tuesday to remove a proposed rule that would have permitted “extended care” agreements between private long-term care providers, including skilled nursing care centers, and the VA.
“Senator Hoeven is an advocate for providing veterans with access to quality care,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA. “He has fought to alleviate the onerous challenges that long-term care providers face when contracting with the VA. We commend his efforts.”
Senator Hoeven is actively working through legislation that he plans to introduce to ensure that skilled nursing care centers and other long-term care providers are eligible to provide care to veterans.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 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 nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.