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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 »

Target COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds to Essential Hospitals
Essential Hospitals, Patients Rely on 340B

Action Updates

America’s Essential Hospitals provides detailed updates on policy and advocacy issues for our members. View our most recent Action Updates below or browse the archive »

HHS Revises Provider Relief Fund Reporting Guidance
HHS Issues Provider Relief Fund Post-Payment Reporting Guidance
DOL Revises Health Care Provider Exclusion from COVID-19 Paid Leave

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: Barrett Confirmed, PRF Reporting Changed


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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Action Alert: Urge Your Representatives to Sign House Letter on PRF Changes

A bipartisan letter circulating in the House urges HHS Secretary Alex Azar to rescind a harmful Sept. 19 notice that changed Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements, potentially forcing essential hospitals and other providers to return portions of previously dispersed funds.

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2020 Essential Hospitals Election Toolkit

America’s Essential Hospitals offers its members this election advocacy toolkit to support their engagement in the 2020 elections — from organizing a voter registration drive to strategies for educating congressional candidates. This toolkit includes helpful tips, sample materials, and legal guidelines that answer key questions you have about your organization’s participation in the electoral process.

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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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Federal Action Network

Officially launching in 2018, FAN is a new 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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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.
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