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Federal Advocacy

The U.S. Congress has begun its 1st session of the 118th Congress.   The House Committees of greatest significance to the District Hospitals are Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means.  California is well-represented on both of these important Committees, which make policy decisions about the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Our two U.S. Senators are actively engaged on a multitude of issues that impact hospitals and weigh in with Senate leadership when requested. Addressing the numerous needs related to funding for hospitals is DHLF’s top federal priority. Since Congress just returned to work this week, we will update the list of priorities as the legislative agenda unfolds in the coming months. 

What is Federal Advocacy?

Using your experience as a hospital leader to communicate your position on issues of importance to an elected official.  It’s nothing more than telling your hospital’s story and that of the patients and communities you serve. You know the story and the needs best.

Why Federal Advocacy Matters

Members of Congress and Staff must know a little bit about a whole lot of issues.  —With advocacy, if done correctly, you become one of their experts on health care issues that they turn too.

Why Federal Advocacy Matters

It’s not a “one-size fits all” approach. There are many ways to influence elected officials. To be an effective advocate, you must participate in multiple mediums of advocacy.

Some Ways You Can Participate:

  • Participate in the DHLF annual advocacy trip to DC;
  • Invite your Member of Congress and his/her staff to your hospital;
  • Show up at community meetings – even if health care isn’t on the agenda- and introduce yourself to the Member;
  • Formal meetings aren’t the only way to connect – look for opportunities to introduce yourself when you are out and about;
  • Send emails and make phone calls regularly to Member’s key staff on issues that matter to your hospital; and
  • Keep Members and Staff informed of things happening at your hospital –including things they may read about in the newspaper.


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