ROOTS Roundup

Spring 2019

  • ROOTS Roundup

    by Emily Harris | Mar 29, 2019

    WELCOME to the Spring edition of ROOTS Roundup, a quarterly newsletter containing information about what's happening at ANFP Headquarters, updates from your Government Affairs Committee, and valuable information you can share with your state chapter and leaders. If there are any topics you would like us to cover in a future issue, please email Mindy Theesfeld.

    On March 18, the White House issued its HEA priorities with flexible Pell Grants and “market- driven workforce development programs.” The White House also announced its Workforce Advisory Board which includes Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Barbara Thomsen is pursuing a meeting with her staff.

    On March 14, Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, which could be added to any HEA bill and would help students by expanding Pell Grant eligibility for training and credentialing programs.

    On Dec. 28, 2018, the IRS published a proposed rule to interpret and implement changes made to the formula by which businesses can take interest deductions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The American Health Care Association submitted comments on the various ownership/leasing arrangements for SNFs (direct ownership, REITs, third-party financing, etc.) and how the IRS regulations might affect them one way or the other.

    On Dec. 14, 2018, the Dept. of Education held a Career & Technical Education (CTE) summit for input on the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” that was enacted in July 2018, and OAJCC President Tamar Jacoby represented ANFP at the meeting.




    ANFP is a member of the Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition (OAJCC), consisting of companies and associations working to amplify the employer voice on career education and put workforce education more on a par with traditional academic instruction.

    OAJCC is following reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) with the goal of redirecting funds towards CTE programs. In February, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) stated his desire to get an HEA bill through the Senate this summer with more flexible funding for CTE.

    On the regulatory front, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in the early stages of preparing a rule “Prevention of Workplace Violence in Healthcare and Social Assistance” that will cover LTC facilities. On Feb. 27, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on H.R. 1309, which would short-circuit OSHA’s rulemaking process and require the agency to issue an interim-final rule within a year.




    ANFP-PAC flyers continue to be distributed to chapter presidents promoting the new ROOTS campaign along with the PAC Donation Policy and donation form, encouraging volunteers to solicit PAC fundraising at their spring state meetings. ANFP-PAC now has $6,129 cash-on-hand!

Fall 2018

  • ROOTS Roundup

    by Mindy Theesfeld, Foundation and Research Coordinator | Nov 09, 2018

    WELCOME to the third edition of ROOTS Roundup, a quarterly newsletter containing information about what's happening at ANFP Headquarters, updates from your Government Affairs Committee, and valuable information you can share with your state chapter and leaders. If there are any topics you would like us to cover in a future issue, please e-mail Mindy Theesfeld.

    Craig Brightup, ANFP’s Washington DC Representative, reported to the Government Affairs committee in October on the Licensing Reform in the United States. He explained that model legislation drafted by the American Leg. Exchange Council (ALEC) is the basis for bad state bills confusing state licensing with certification and credentialing and ANFP is following this issue.

    Brightup also reported on the Implementation of CTE Legislation and that A DC summit of state and federal officials with employer groups to implement the Careers and Tech. Ed. for the 21st Century Act will not take place November 16 but might happen in December.

    ANFP-PAC flyers promoting the new ROOTS campaign have been distributed to chapter presidents along with the PAC Donation Policy and donation form, encouraging volunteers to solicit PAC fundraising at their upcoming state meetings.




Summer 2018

  • ROOTS Roundup

    by Mindy Theesfeld, Foundation and Research Coordinator | Oct 08, 2018

    The Government Affairs and PAC committees are teaming up to serve our Legislative needs. These committees have been called to action and are working together to promote the "ROOTS" campaign. Be sure to check out the upcoming article on the new legislative initiative in the September/October issue of Edge magazine.

    ANFP belongs to the Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition (OAJCC), which reports that analytics firm Burning Glass finds there are 1.2 million more jobs available in the health care sector than there are workers available to fill them.

    Therefore, ANFP and OAJCC have supported the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), which made it out of the U.S. Senate on July 24 and was approved by the House and sent to the President for signing on July 25.

    The bill requires state and local education officials and educators to consult with employers at all stages of career education programs and also focuses on work-based learning.

    This is an important first step in reinvigorating career and technical education (CTE) at the high school and college levels, and is occurring in conjunction with House efforts to redirect higher education funding to career training in the PROSPER Act and a White House push for "Industry Recognized Apprenticeships."

    Joyce Gilbert, PhD, RDN, ANFP President and CEO, traveled to Washington, D.C. on June 25-26 to meet with Craig Brightup and staff for Reps. Roskam (IL), Marshall (KS), Gallagher (WI), and LaHood (IL).

    Additionally, Joyce and Craig met with staff for the National Governors Association to discuss workforce development and how poorly-drafted state legislation confuses the issue of licensing with certification and credentialing programs.

    The ANFP-PAC booth raised $756 at ACE in Orlando on June 3, 2018! ANFP-PAC is a member-sponsored political action fund which supports federal candidates who care about ANFP's mission and the work of ANFP members.




Spring 2018

  • ROOTS Roundup

    by Mindy Theesfeld, Foundation and Research Coordinator | Oct 08, 2018

    The Government Affairs Committee, formerly, Legislative Committee has established a new grassroots campaign; ROOTS-Rallying Organizations and Officials in Training Standards. Show your support of CDMs cultivating ROOTS by donating to the ANFP-PAC today! Together we will cultivate, grow and REAP!

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    ANFP has joined forces on Capitol Hill with The Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition (OAJCC) focusing on two major bills in Congress, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This bill would set funding levels for five years starting at $1.13 billion and incentivize the use of industry-recognized credentials (like the CDM) and other recognized post-secondary credentials. The second bill; Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Educational Reform (PROSPER) Act would reauthorize the Higher Education Act and would create incentives for industry-led "earn-and-learn" initiatives as well as making Pell Grants more flexible to help low-income students pay for shorter courses and competency-based programs, both of which are career focused.

    ANFP will continue to foster partnerships with other Healthcare Associations to cover the need for qualified CDM's in healthcare communities.

    While CMS lists the CDM, CFPP credential as the primary qualification for the Director of Food and Nutrition Services, the regulations also acknowledge state requirements for staffing qualifications. Currently, the CDM, CFPP meets requirements in 18 states. The Government Affairs committee members are contacting government officials with a letter providing an overview of the CMS long-term care requirements and urging state officials to implement this language into their state regulations.