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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 Fiscal Accountability Rule Threatens Access to Care, State Budgets
Essential Hospitals Rely on Medicaid DSH

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 Issues Guidance on Medicaid Block Grant Option
Congress Passes Year-End Spending Package
CMS Proposes Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule

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: Budget Hearings, Star Ratings Letter


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 Senators to Sign Bipartisan Letter on Star Ratings

Members of America's Essential Hospitals should urge senators to sign the Portman-Casey letter requesting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services modify the star rating methodology to better account for social determinants of health and other factors outside the control of hospitals.

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Action Alert: Tell CMS and Congress the MFAR Will Disrupt Medicaid, State Budgets

America’s Essential Hospitals encourages members to submit by Feb. 1 comments to CMS detailing the devastating impact of the MFAR’s proposed provisions and to urge House and Senate members to weigh in with the administration.

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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 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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