Legislative Activities:

MHCA continues to be the leading voice of facility-based long term care at the Maine Legislature.  Whether it’s testifying at a public hearing, answering questions at a work session or meeting with key legislators, MHCA is present and engaged in the issues affecting your business. With the input and guidance of MHCA’s Board of Directors, the association sets legislative strategies and goals consistent with member needs and operations. MHCA develops its own bills as necessary and tracks others of interest during the Legislative session.

CapWiz and Grassroots Efforts:

MHCA’s grassroots advocacy program plays a major role in our legislative success. Through CapWiz and our communication staple, the Action Alert, we mobilize our network as needed during the busy legislative session.  These alerts explain in simple detail what is happening at the legislature and what we need to do about it.  We include sensible talking points and legislative contact lists.

2015 Resources: Community Forums and Facility Tours; Testifying at a State Legislative Hearing; The Ten Informal Rules of Lobbying

2014 White Paper - The Nursing Home Fix

2013 White Paper - Maine Nursing Homes Fragile

Supplemental Budget - January 2013 PNMI Issue

Supplemental Budget - January 2013 Nursing Home Issue

Grassroots Manual:

MHCA’s Grassroots Manual provides members the necessary tools to be prepared and conversant when asked to conduct grassroots lobbying. An updated Grassroots Manual can be downloaded by clicking here.

If you have any questions or would like additional information on our legislative and grassroots program, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Vice President, Director of Communications (207.623.1146 Ext. 202)

AHCA/NCAL is on Your Side in Washington, D.C.:

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living is your national affiliate, dedicated to providing legislative, regulatory, educational services and information on federal issues affecting long term care.  AHCA/NCAL works with the U.S. Congress, the Administration, federal regulatory agencies and national stakeholders on your behalf. Website