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Former Senate Aging Staff Director Joins AHCA/NCAL  
Former Senate Aging Staff Director Joins AHCA/NCAL
Senior Congressional Staffer Mike Bassett Joins Association’s Government Relations Department, Will Advocate for Profession
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Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced that Mike Bassett, an experienced advocate for health and public policy initiatives on Capitol Hill, has joined the Association as a Senior Director of Government Affairs.  Bassett’s legislative portfolio will include work on both Medicare and Medicaid, in addition to post-acute reforms as well as efforts surrounding hospital readmissions.

“We are pleased to welcome Mike to our government affairs team,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association. “Mike possesses that unique ability to reach across issue areas, find common ground, and form workable policy solutions.  He will be a tremendous asset to our team as we present compelling new ideas to old challenges facing Medicare and Medicaid financing.”

Prior to coming to AHCA, Bassett worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). Bassett also formerly served as Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Aging and as Legislative Assistant to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL). In 2003, Mike was appointed as Legislative Assistant of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Labor by President George W. Bush.

Bassett received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 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 or