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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 »

Medicaid DSH Cuts: Myth Versus Facts
Essential Hospital Priorities for Reconciliation Legislation

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 »

CMS Outlines Supplemental Payment Rules; DSH Requirements Remain Unclear
House Passes ‘Human Infrastructure’ Bill
Details of CY 2022 OPPS, PFS Final Rules

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: Congress Examines COVID-19 Response, Considers More Aid


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 Senators to Remove DSH, UC Pool Cuts from Build Back Better Act

The Build Back Better Act, now under consideration in the Senate, contains damaging cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital and uncompensated care pool payments and lacks critical infrastructure funding for essential hospitals.

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Action Alert: Urge Your Representatives to Support House Letter on Surprise Billing

America’s Essential Hospitals and members of Congress agree: the interim rule does not accurately reflect congressional intent. Instead, it includes a lopsided IDR method that favors insurers.

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Action Alert: Urge Your House Democrats to Support Hospital Construction, Modernization Bill

Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.) introduced H.R. 1846 to reauthorize the Hill-Burton program and allocate $10 billion over five years for hospital construction and modernization. It is imperative to build robust support for H.R. 1846 now.

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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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