By Sam Baker - 03/13/13 02:34 PM EDT
The group is scheduled to testify at a House hearing Thursday on immigration reform.
AHCA said the supply of skilled nurses in the U.S. will fall more than 30 percent short by 2020 if Congress does not act. The nursing-home group said immigration reform should allow employers to access "previously unused" temporary visas for healthcare workers.
Existing programs for permanent and temporary visas are inadequate to keep up with the demand for nurses, AHCA said.