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On the Hill: New Publications Raise Profile of Essential Hospitals

As congressional lawmakers remain home to campaign for the 2022 midterm elections, America’s Essential Hospitals and its member leaders raised the profile of essential hospitals in two recent publications.

On Oct. 3, an association-authored commentary in Health Affairs Forefront argued for formalizing a federal designation for essential hospitals to target them for funding and other support for their safety net role. The commentary appeared under the byline of Eric Dickson, MD, MHCM, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, in Worcester, Mass.; Steve Purves president and CEO of Valleywise Health, in Phoenix; and Charlie Shields, MBA, president and CEO of University Health, in Kansas City, Mo., the association’s current, immediate past, and incoming board chairs.

One week earlier, on Sept. 26, America’s Essential Hospitals published its annual profile of association members. Essential Data 2022: Our Hospitals, Our Patients illustrates the indispensable role essential hospitals play in caring for low-income and other marginalized people, the financial and other challenges they face, the social determinants of health that impact their patients, and their contributions to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

2022 Election Toolkit: How to Connect with Candidates

With the midterms just a month away and congressional candidates about to start their campaign sprint to Election Day, now is an ideal opportunity to connect with incumbents and challengers and educate candidates about issues important to your hospital. Please review our updated 2022 Essential Hospitals Election Toolkit, entirely online and available exclusively to members of America’s Essential Hospitals. The toolkit contains resources for essential hospitals and communities on how to promote engagement in the political process and set your system up for success in the 118th Congress.

This Week in Congress

The House remains in a district work period through the Indigenous Peoples Day and Veteran’s Day holidays and is scheduled to return Monday, Nov. 14.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) canceled the upper chamber’s two-week October session; the Senate is also now expected to return Nov. 14. Schumer noted that senators should be prepared for an “extremely busy” agenda in the last two months of this Congress.

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Margaret French is the manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.

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