Kansas Governor To Head Nursing Home Group After Leaving Office In January
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson will head a national nursing home trade group after he leaves office in January.
Kansas City Star: "Parkinson, a Democrat, will be president and CEO of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, a non-profit, Washington-based trade and lobbying organization representing 11,000 nursing homes and assisted living centers." Before becoming lieutenant governor, Parkinson used to run a chain of long-term care facilities. He assumed the governor's job after Kathleen Sebelius left that post to become secretary of health and human services under President Barack Obama (Klepper, 9/13).
The Associated Press/Bloomberg Businessweek: "'I have always intended to return to the business of caring for our senior citizens with dignity,' Parkinson said in a statement. 'My wife Stacy and I share a passion for this cause, and we have been fortunate to make a difference in the lives of thousands of senior citizens and their families.' Republican Sam Brownback and Democrat Tom Holland are running in November to replace Parkinson," who opted not to run this year (Milburn, 9/13).
Bloomberg: "Parkinson, a Republican who became a Democrat before running in 2006, will succeed 68-year-old Bruce Yarwood, who has been president and CEO of the 11,000-member nursing home group since 2005" (Young, 9/13).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.