Become A Member

The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA), and its divisions the Iowa Center for Assisted Living (ICAL) and Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC), serve the long term services and supports profession as nonprofit trade associations. Our 700+ members span the continuum of long term services and supports, providing care and services to Iowan’s served through nursing and rehab facilities, assisted living programs and residential care facilities, home health/home care agencies, and independent senior living communities. We are dedicated to enhancing the long term services and supports continuum in Iowa by providing leadership, advocacy, information, and education to a broad range of providers, consumers, government agencies, and others comprising the long term care community.

With the guidance of AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative, we continuously strive for quality improvement in Iowa’s long term care community.

Our members
IHCA membership includes single and multi level organizations, for-profit and nonprofit organizations statewide. We represent 75% of nonprofit and 92% of for-profit long term services and supports provider organizations in Iowa. Our membership includes 85% of the long term services and supports providers in both urban and rural Iowa. The strength of our membership has established our place as one of the state’s leading trade associations.

IHCA members provide services to more than 42,000 Iowans and employ more than 30,000 administrators, nurses, certified nursing assistants and other long term services and supports professionals across the state. Our members serve 95% of the residents participating in the state’s Medicaid and Medicare long term care programs.

Member Benefits
The benefits of association membership include:

Representation. Our professional staff and lobbyists ensure that our members’ long term services and supports interests are well represented to Iowa’s legislators at both the state and federal level, as well as, to government agencies involved in long term services and supports regulation in the post-acute care continuum.

Networking. Our members are provided numerous opportunities to share ideas and concerns with their peers at state and district levels. Specialties, such as nurses, direct caregivers, and activity providers, have organizations within our association that actively work to promote the expertise and services they provide through sharing activities, education and enrichment opportunities.

Education. Our members receive discounts for all IHCA ICAL-sponsored workshops, conventions, and courses, and from the AHCA/NCAL online bookstore. Members also have access to AHCA/NCAL Bookstore that includes over hundreds of books, manuals and DVD materials for staff education, employee development and in-service programs.

Information. Our members keep up to date on the latest in long term services and supports news through our member website, weekly newsletter, direct mailings and e-mail notices.

Group purchasing. Through Extended Care Services of Iowa, Inc. (ECSI), our members have the advantage of group purchasing rates on products used everyday in long term services and supports: food, linens, sanitary supplies, cleaning supplies, insurance, utilities and more.

National affiliate membership. IHCA and ICAL members are also members of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living located in Washington D.C. AHCA/NCAL is the largest long term care association in the nation. AHCA/NCAL represents the interests of long term care providers at the federal level and is considered one of the strongest and most respected lobbying organizations in Washington, D.C.

Our home health/home care agency members also benefit from our membership in the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), the largest and most respected professional association representing the interests of chronically ill, disabled, and dying Americans of all ages and the caregivers who provide them with in-home health and hospice services, as well as the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA).

Membership Applications
IHCA has three membership options: organization member (for facilities/agencies), associate (business) member and student member. For an application, click on the membership option below that applies to you. Megan Stoulil, IHCA Vice President, Accounting & Member Services, can assist you with any questions at 800.422.3106.

Organization member. Any certified nursing home, assisted living program, home health/home care agency, senior housing provider, or residential care facility provider. Contact Megan Stoulil at 800.422.3106 about member benefits.

Associate member. Any hospice, business, firm, organization, corporation, or other group that provides services to the long term services and supports profession. Associate membership is also ideal for an individual or organization with an interest in long term services and supports—including long term care facilities or programs in development. Associate members cannot be employed by a non-member facility.

Student member. A student with an interest in long term care who is currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning. This includes, but is not limited to, students working on a long term care practicum or nursing degree with an emphasis in geriatrics.