Around 733,300 seniors live in assisted living communities throughout the U.S. The primary regulating bodies responsible for passing the laws and developing the rules governing these communities are state legislatures and regulatory agencies.
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) has published extensive data on state by state issues and legislation as well as updates following last year's election. These are essential to your advocacy efforts.
For example, this past year saw more than 118,000 bills introduced. ALFA tracked 586 of those of which 169 became enacted. The report goes into detail. A state by state analysis of proposed, pending and enacted legislative and regulatory changes is available and in addition, a summary of the top issues from the most active states is provided.
Because it was an election year, also reflected in the report are any gubernatorial changes, state legislature majority control changes, and 2013 state session dates. Specifically, any newly elected governor will be noted under each state's section. It will also be noted if majority control of a state chamber flipped due to the election.
While you have to pay for this resource, it would seem like something I would want to have when running an assisted living organization.
Here are some quick guidelines to keep in mind when working with your legislators.
- Know your legislators.
- Know your legislator's staff.
- Know which legislators are sympathetic to your cause.
- Address one issue at a time.
- Know your issue.
- Be polite and appreciative to those you approach.
- Use simple language.
- Preach to those not in the choir!
- Keep legislators informed about your activities.
- Use the media and mediums.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat your basic message over and over.
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