Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sen. Murkowski Visits AHCA Member Facility

Drew Thies

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) visited Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center in Anchorage last week to hear from residents and speak about health care reform. Sen. Murkowski was one of three Republicans who voted against a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, late last month.

Sen. Murkowski highlighted the growing population of seniors in Alaska and spoke to their unique needs. She said that while she agrees health care reform efforts need to continue, the legislation brought to the floor in the Senate in July would have harmed Alaska’s seniors.

Sen. Murkowski stood alongside Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the only two members of the Republican party to oppose opening debate on repeal and replace efforts. Versions of this legislation would have cut billions from Medicaid funding for long term care services.

Both the Senate and House are in recess through the rest of the month and it is a great time for lawmakers to visit providers to learn more about long term and post-acute care. AHCA members who would like help coordinating a facility tour, are encouraged to contact Matt Smyth, AHCA’s Senior Director of Grassroots and Membership Advocacy at msmyth@ahca.org.


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