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September 24, 2007

Contact: Maribeth Bersani
703-562-1180

Leaders from the assisted living industry held more than three dozen meetings last week with members of Congress, including Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, and congressional staffers and found strong support for this year’s key issues.

Members of the board of directors for the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), the trade association for professionally managed assisted living communities, assisted living providers and ALFA staff participated in this year’s Advocacy Day to promote understanding and support for issues affecting an industry that cares for more than one million frail seniors.

ALFA presented Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging with its Champion for Seniors in Assisted Living Award for his continued work and sponsorship of the Home and Community Services Copayment Equity Act of 2007. The legislation would bring fairness to assisted living residents by eliminating co-payments for those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. 

In addition to Senator Conrad, the delegations met with Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and House members  Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL), and Michael McNulty (D-NY).

Staff members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging hosted a briefing on legislative issues of importance to assisted living and long term care providers and provided an update on current priorities of the Aging Committee.

Advocacy Day attendees focused on four key issues during the meetings:

To find out more about these issues and how you can take action on Capitol Hill, please contact Maribeth Bersani at (703) 562-1180 or mbersani@alfa.org.

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About the Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally operated assisted living communities for seniors. ALFA’s member-driven programs promote business and operational excellence through national conferences, research, publications, and executive networks. ALFA works to influence public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality care, and accessibility for all Americans

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