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Our Positions

Want to know where we stand on advocacy issues important to essential hospitals? Read our most recent positions below or browse all our position papers »

Protect the Safety Net by Protecting 340B
Essential Hospitals Rely on Medicaid DSH

State Action

In recent years, a significant amount of policymaking activity has shifted from a federal to state focus. This trend likely will continue as the Trump administration makes state flexibility a cornerstone of its policymaking initiatives. Against this backdrop, America’s Essential Hospitals is tracking state health policy topics and trends relevant to essential hospitals and the people and communities they serve.

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On the Hill

On the Hill is your weekly must-read for essential hospital issues and events on Capitol Hill. Read this week’s issue below or browse the archive »

On the Hill: Key House Panel to Discuss Telehealth Legislation


Essential Hospitals Political Action Committee supports candidates for Congress who support essential hospitals. learn more »

Policy Assembly

Held in the spring and fall each year in Washington, D.C., Policy Assembly explores the legislative and regulatory outlook for essential hospitals and brings members to Capitol Hill to advocate for vulnerable patients.

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Government Relations Academy

The Government Relations Academy is a nine-month course designed to help government relations professionals at essential hospitals take their advocacy and communications skills to a new level.

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Cyberattack Medicaid Guidance, Action Steps

Lack of payment to health care providers due to the Change Healthcare cyberattack is causing significant cash flow problems for providers and suppliers. CMS is monitoring the situation and has distributed guidance related to advance payments for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries.

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Urge Your Lawmakers to Cosponsor 340B Patients Act

This legislation would codify 340B Drug Pricing Program providers’ ability to use contract pharmacies to dispense 340B discounted drugs.

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Urge Your Lawmakers to Cosponsor Essential Health System Designation

Reach out to your House members today and ask them to cosponsor the Reinforcing Essential Health Systems for Communities Act.

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Federal Action Network

The Federal Action Network (FAN) is a community that connects essential hospital advocates with other professionals interested in federal politics and policymaking. FAN offers advocates the opportunity to enhance their engagement with the legislative and regulatory issues that matter most to their hospitals.

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Resource Center

America’s Essential Hospitals regularly compiles resource pages to inform our members and other stakeholders about timely issues such as COVID-19, immigration, the opioid crisis, IT security, and more.

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