March 1, 2019
Contact: Bill Bradley
AFFORDABLE ASSISTED LIVING COALITION WELCOMES NEW GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR BEN LAZARE
(Springfield, Ill) – The Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC) is proud to announce the addition of Ben Lazare as the organization’s new Government Relations Director. Lazare will be responsible for guiding AALC’s legislative efforts during a very critical time for the state’s Supportive Living Program.
“Ben brings a wealth of experience and policy expertise with him. His past victories and ongoing relations will be a key factor in ensuring the success of Supportive Living in Illinois.” said Wayne Smallwood, Executive Director of the AALC. “We are excited to work with him in this role and eager for all he has to offer our members and the Supportive Living Program.”
Prior to joining AALC, Lazare worked for the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for 10 years. He spent the first half of his employment for the Speaker as a personal assistant and the latter half as the lead staff member for all healthcare and human services issues. During his time as personal assistant to the longest-serving House Speaker in the United States, he created strong bonds and forged lasting relationships with Democratic leadership from both the House and Senate. Those connections, combined with his time spent as a healthcare and human services analyst, will be instrumental in his upcoming role with AALC.
In his position as lead staff member for healthcare and human services, Mr. Lazare drafted, analyzed, and negotiated all Medicaid and human services legislation in the House of Representatives and Senate. He collaborated with all legislative caucuses, the Governor’s Office, and special interest groups to create the Medicaid portion of Illinois’ budget, which is over $20 billion annually.
“While working with Wayne Smallwood and AALC, I became impressed by the dedication and determination Supportive Living communities demonstrate in providing compassionate services to their residents, they treat them like family members.” said Ben Lazare, Director of Government Relations for AALC. “In my new position with AALC, I look forward to helping them navigate the legislative process to further ensure that our SL communities are able to provide quality, reliable services.”
“Ben’s expert knowledge of the state budget and understanding of policy provides incredibly rare insight and significant opportunities for the AALC moving forward,” stated Smallwood.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AALC IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.AALCONLINE.ORG.
# # #