Friday, August 23, 2013

Rep. Joe Courtney Tours AHCA Facility in Connecticut, Discusses Long Term Care Issues

AHCA members and the advocacy team have been hard at work getting Members of Congress to tour facilities while Representatives and Senators are back in their states for the August Congressional recess. Most recently, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) toured a Kindred Crossings West, a Skilled Nursing Center in New London, Connecticut. Carrying the day’s issue of the New London Day newspaper, in which AHCA placed an ad praising the representative for his support of long-term care issues, Courtney and his staff sat down for nearly an hour and a half with administrators and staff at the facility, as well as a few residents, to discuss a myriad of issues facing skilled nursing.

Rep. Courtney is a steadfast proponent of expanding beneficiary access to Medicare and crafting a solution to the observation status issue. He is the cosponsor of H.R. 1179, the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013, introduced in March 2013, which seeks to eliminate the observation status barrier to Medicare access at SNFs. Courtney also recently spoke at the AHCA Congressional Briefing in June, providing members with valuable insight on how to effectively communicate LTC issues to Members of Congress and their staffs while on the Hill.
Other congressional visits to AHCA facilities over the recess include the offices of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), among others.

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