When the California Legislature returns from summer recess on August 16th they’ll have just about 20 days to conclude legislative business before they adjourn for the year on September 10th. Most of the business will be focused on Appropriations Committee action in both houses and then the activity will shift to passing bills off the floor of each house. Bills passed to the Governor’s office by September 10th will have to be acted upon by October 10th 2021, with most bills taking effect on January 2022.
While the budget was passed by the constitutional deadline of June 15th there is much anticipation about additional budget activity known as “Budget Junior.” The Capitol community awaits additional trailer bills dealing with wildfire, energy in addition to the Office of Health Care Affordability. DHLF will be monitoring the budget activity while we continue to advocate for the loan program to cover operational cash flow challenges in CY 2021 and 2022 due primarily to COVID. In addition, DHLF will continue to support CHA’s effort to address the seismic mandate through disaster preparedness/modernization. DHLF has joined a broad coalition in the provider community to stress the need for modernization especially as hospitals are faced with dire financial outlooks brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic and subsequent rise of the Delta variant. The main components of the proposal include requiring emergency services be fully operational, safety upgrades for all other patient care buildings, such as anchoring and bracing utility lines, and allowing for a 7-year extension to meet these new standards.
What is State Advocacy?
As hospital CEO’s and leaders in the community, your voice carries weight in the Capitol. Not only are California hospitals providers of health care, in many cases they are the largest employers and partners in the community. Use your voice to let legislators know how a particular piece of legislation will impact your hospital, community and the patients you serve.
Why State Advocacy Matters?
Everyday California legislators are faced with policy decisions – decisions that will impact every aspect of life and business in this state. Responding to alerts for phone calls to legislators and writing support and opposition letters is an effective way of registering your position. Not only will your letters be listed on analyses, they will be delivered to legislators and used to lobby DHLF’s position on legislation.
Other ways to engage in advocacy:
- Invite your legislator and or their staff to tour your facility. Explain the type of services you provide, how many patients your hospital treats each year and important issues affecting your hospital.
- Check to see if your legislator has a “community healthcare roundtable” or other type of community group where he/she meets regularly to discuss issues of concern for the legislative district. Participating in a community group will give you and or your staff the opportunity to hear issues that are concerning to the legislator and will allow you to open lines of communication with your legislator.
- Social media – follow your legislator on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook.
- Share what’s happening at your facility with your legislator and their staff, this will help keep them informed of important issues at your hospital.
- Address 950 Glenn Drive, Suite 250, Folsom, CA 95630
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone (916) 673-2020