Friday, March 15, 2013

AHCA Releases Immigration Reform Recommendations, Offers Solutions in Hearing

This week, AHCA participated in a hearing before the House Committee in Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The hearing, entitled “Lower-skilled Guestworker Programs in Today’s Economy,” featured testimony from Fred Benjamin, Chairman of the Kansas Health Care Association and COO Of Medicalodges, Inc. in Kansas. Others testifying included immigration specialists and attorneys, as well as representatives of the hotel industry.

Mr. Benjamin spoke about the challenges of providing high quality care in the face of chronic, mid-level skilled nursing shortages and the importance of addressing workforce shortages through reforming Medicaid and Medicare and comprehensive immigration reform. Read a full version of Mr. Benajmin’s testimony here.

In advance of the hearing AHCA hosted a media teleconference to announce its 3 principles for immigration reform, which include (1) Let business and industry play a leading role, (2) Create a viable guest worker program that would accommodate the needs of U.S. healthcare providers, and (3) Waive the cap on employment-based visas for nurses and physical therapists, speech therapists and those providing other therapies.

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