Provider associations look for progress under extended Bush administration

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The American Health Care Association and its sister organization, the National Center for Assisted Living, are urging all federal election winners in Tuesday's election to work toward a unified strategy to serve long-term care residents.

"We look forward to working with all members of the new Congress and to continuing our partnerships with the Bush Administration – especially regarding next year's White House Conference on Aging -- so that we may further impress upon our elected officials and other policymakers of the need to address long term care quality improvement, financial stability, and workforce recruitment and retention now and in the future," said AHCA/NCAL chief executive Hal Daub.

AHCA is hoping to represent long-term care interests at next fall's White House Conference on Aging, an event that happens only once every 10 years. Last time, no long-term care providers were featured invitees.

"At a time when an impending demographic explosion of retirees will increase the demand for long term care services, the need has never been more important for the nation to develop a comprehensive strategy to ensure that the needs of the frail, elderly, and disabled will be met," Daub said.