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Federal Advocacy

The U.S. Congress is in the 1st session of the 116th Congress. The 1st session will come to an end at the end of 2019 when Congress stops working for the year. The 2nd session will begin in January 2020. California has two leadership positions in the House of Representatives –  Speaker of the House (Pelosi) and the Republican Leader (McCarthy).  The Committees of greatest significance to the District Hospitals are: Energy and Commerce  and Ways and Means. California is well-represented on both of those 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.

In the last quarter of 2019, Congress will need to pass legislation to fully fund the government. There is also a long list of “must pass” bills that Leadership has identified along with other critical topics many would like to get to. For hospitals, we are working with our Congressional champions to get language included in a must-pass piece of legislation to freeze the scheduled cuts to the Medicaid DSH program. These cuts would pull significant funds from the District Hospitals and safety-net providers throughout the state.  Our collective Federal Advocacy will be critically important to ensuring that the Medicaid DSH cuts, and other issues of importance, are addressed before they recess for the rest of the year.

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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