President and CEO,
American Health Care Association
Parkinson uses his position as the leading lobbyist for nursing homes to advocate for more government support, particularly amid the ongoing staffing crisis. In response to President Joe Biden’s proposal to shore up quality, the AHCA commissioned a report this year that calculated the costs at $10 billion a year for hiring new nurses to meet staffing requirements under the proposed mandates. Parkinson this year has also voiced continued support for connecting older adults with the updated COVID-19 vaccine. The former governor of Kansas has owned and operated multiple long-term care facilities in Kansas and Missouri.