Wednesday, September 16, 2015

AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders Hit the Hill

Drew Thies 
AHCA/NCAL’s newest class of Future Leaders is in Washington and ready to take to the Hill this week right in the middle of a busy September for Congress.

The group, which consists of individuals identified by state affiliate organizations as rising leaders in the long term care profession, will undergo advocacy training before lobbying their Members of Congress on post-acute care issues.

24 Future Leaders from as many states and the District of Columbia arrive in the capital Wednesday for a political event and then are scheduled to meet their Representatives and Senators on the Hill Thursday afternoon.

The visits come at a key time, as stakes are high in Congress ahead of must-pass government funding legislation. Both chambers must approve either an omnibus spending bill—which is highly unlikely given time constraints—or a short-term, stop gap continuing resolution to fund the government before the end of September.

 AHCA/NCAL advocates, including the Future Leaders, are remaining vigilant, as any legislation that requires spending to fund the government could cut funds from Medicare or Medicaid. So far, leadership on both sides of the aisle is adamant about funding the government and avoiding a shutdown, but the two sides are still at loggerheads on how to come up with the contentious offsets.

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