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Association Addresses New Administration, Outlines Priorities

On Nov. 20, America’s Essential Hospitals sent a letter to President-elect Joseph Biden and his transition team, outlining key priorities for the organization and its members.

The association noted the desire to work together to stabilize the nation’s health care safety net and described several administrative policy priorities and paths of partnership, including:

  • COVID-19: As essential hospitals have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, the association appreciates the incoming administration’s quick and decisive action in forming a COVID-19 task force and stands ready to work to prioritize additional resources for essential hospitals on the front lines of the pandemic;
  • Preserve and Strengthen the Safety Net: The association noted the importance of preserving both Medicaid and the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which are vital components of the care delivery system for essential hospitals;
  • Structural Racism: The association is ready to engage in meaningful change and promotion of strategies that improve the lives of marginalized communities; and
  • Immigration: The association looks forward to working with the administration to reverse the recent public charge rule and reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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