Wednesday, August 6, 2014

You’re the Advocate: Invite a Member of Congress to Tour

Drew Thies

Members of Congress have officially left Washington for the annual August recess, but that doesn’t mean that AHCA/NCAL advocacy efforts stop. The August work period is a perfect time to invite your Members of Congress to come see what you do and love.

Every recess period, AHCA/NCAL members coordinate dozens of tours in both skilled nursing and assisted living communities. There is no better way to show policymakers in Washington just how much you care about your work and how much it matters than them seeing it first-hand.

This year is an election year, which means district outreach is on every politician’s mind. House members and Senators will be back in their home districts and states for all of August and the majority of September and October as well. It is the perfect time to contact your Washington representatives and invite them to meet their constituents and learn about the pressing long term care issues that are affecting their local communities.

AHCA/NCAL is making a big push this year to show Congress exactly how much our work matters. Instead of dozens of Members of Congress seeing first-hand the care you provide, we want hundreds—but we need your help.

If you would like to schedule a tour while Congress is back in their districts, have already shown a Member around, or are in the process of coordinating a visit, we’d love to hear about it. Please contact Matt Smyth (, Michael Cowden (, or Drew Thies ( with any information or questions.

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