Clifton J. Porter, II, LNHA
Senior Vice President Government Relations
Clifton (Clif) Porter, II is the Senior Vice President of Government Relations at the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), which represents more than 12,000 nursing homes, assisted living residences, and facilities that care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Prior to coming to AHCA/NCAL, Porter led HCR ManorCare’s Government Relations Department from 2004-2013 as its vice president of government relations. He oversaw all company government relations activities and his responsibilities encompassed both state and federal legislative oversight as well as political strategic planning.
Porter has been in Long Term Care field for over 25 years. He began his career as an Administrator in Training in 1989 and served as Assistant Administrator and Administrator of several Skilled Nursing Centers from 1990 through 1998. Porter’s operational experience includes new facility openings, troubled facility turnarounds and the operation of large, complex nursing centers.
While serving as both an Administrator and Regional Director of Operations Porter became involved with state advocacy issues on behalf of the sector. He served on the Boards of the Virginia Healthcare Association, Ohio Healthcare Association and the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM) at different times beginning in 1995 and served as Chair of HFAM’s Legislative Steering Committee from 2004 to 2013.
Now as the top lobbyist for AHCA/NCAL, Porter works to promote the association’s legislative agenda. He advocates against cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and backs policies that rationalize health care payments in a way that aligns payments with patients’ needs vs. site of service. Porter also supports legislation that would have observation stays count towards a patient’s skilled nursing Medicare benefits, along with several other policy initiatives.