​The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) congratulated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration into office, declaring the long term and post-acute care profession is ready to work with the new administration and Congress to find solutions to issues like COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

“We congratulate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration, and we look forward to working with the new administration and 117th Congress to develop meaningful solutions for the challenges long term care providers face—many of which have been magnified by the pandemic,” said Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of AHCA/NCAL.

“There is still an immediate crisis in front of us. Long term care providers are working with pharmacies and state officials to help administer life-saving vaccines swiftly to residents and staff, and we are hopeful we have reached a turning point in our fight against the virus,” he said.
However, with record-breaking numbers of COVID cases among the general population and in long term care facilities, “we cannot let our guard down,” Parkinson said.

“Lawmakers must continue to ensure that long term care facilities are made a priority for the resources they need to protect our most vulnerable citizens and our health care heroes on the frontlines.”

At the same time, the nursing care profession must reflect on the lessons learned throughout the pandemic and apply them toward strengthening the health care system.

“We will work collaboratively with the Biden Administration and members of Congress to achieve our goals and create a better future for our nation’s seniors," Parkinson said.