(Alexandria, Va.) — Argentum is pleased to announce that Maggie Elehwany, J.D., has joined the association in the newly created role of senior vice president, public affairs. In this role, she will be responsible for leading Argentum’s public policy team and working closely with Argentum’s Public Policy Committee to build upon the association’s government relations efforts and strengthening its public affairs strategy.
“We are delighted to welcome Maggie to Argentum,” said James Balda, Argentum president & CEO. “We believe her leadership and expertise will be vital in elevating awareness of the public policy priorities most critical to the senior living industry’s long-term health.”
Maggie joins Argentum from the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), where she has served since 2007 as vice president, government affairs. At NHRA, she developed and implemented federal policy for the 22,000-member national health care association. Most recently, she successfully advocated for $10 billion in relief funding from the CARES Act for rural providers to assist them with preparedness and financial losses due to COVID-19.
During her extensive career, which has included positions as legislative counsel for Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Frank Murkowski, and Bob Packwood, as well as assistant director of government affairs at the American Medical Association, Maggie has developed extensive familiarity with health care, Medicare, and Medicaid payment policy; health care workforce issues; and health care reform. She has also cultivated close relationships with staffers, lawmakers, and influencers on Capitol Hill among key offices, agencies, and committees.
Maggie received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Oregon State University. She is a member of both the Washington State Bar Association and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association.
Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults.
Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services. Along with its state partners, Argentum’s membership represents approximately 75 percent of the senior living industry—an industry with a national economic impact of nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars and responsible for providing over 1.6 million jobs. These numbers will continue to grow as the U.S. population ages.
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