Katie Sloan, LeadingAge

The leader of the second-largest nursing home association in America called on members in March to act passionately but politely when lobbying members of Congress.

“I hope you take the high moral ground during your Congressional visits,” urged LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan.

Her comments at the LeadingAge PEAK meeting reflected providers’ struggles over working with lawmakers while pushing back against Medicaid changes in the GOP’s healthcare bill.

Proposed cuts could devastate providers, officials warned.

“I’ve heard from many of you about concerns in this new political environment,” Sloan said.

Providers can’t ignore “the hyperpartisan environment we are in,” she added.