Invite Members of Congress to Your Hospital; Critical Health Care Votes Coming in December

ACTION NEEDED

Invite your member of Congress to visit or tour your hospital this summer, from Aug. 3 to Sept. 7. These visits will not only strengthen relationships, but also help educate and inform your representative ahead of critical health care policy votes in December.

Please note that this activity is aimed at federal lawmakers and should not replace outreach to state elected officials, particularly on key priorities like 2030 seismic reform.

GET STARTED

  • View CHA’s 20-minute webinar to help prepare for your congressional visit. 
  • Use this visit plan as your one-stop guide to each stage of this important outreach; CHA has also developed a checklist to help you stay on track.
  • Find your U.S. representative in this online directory and reach out by July 24 as summer schedules will fill quickly. A template meeting request and list of who to contact is available for your use or modification in the resources below.

BACKGROUND

Why now?

With few legislative days remaining on the congressional calendar, serious consideration of most health care legislation will likely be postponed until after the November elections. Post-election “lame duck” sessions are unpredictable but often speedy, so it’s vital for members of Congress to be well-informed in advance.   

Remember that all members of Congress, whether reelected, defeated, or retiring, will have a vote in the final days of the 118th Congress.  

Members at Home

Members of Congress will be in their home districts from Aug. 3 to Sept. 7, making this an ideal time for them to visit your hospital. As it is an election year, they are especially eager to engage with the community. This is an excellent opportunity to share your hospital’s story and the impact of pending federal policies on access to care. Providing them with firsthand knowledge of your hospital supports a critical foundation for follow-up on specific issues during the lame duck session.

SUMMER FEDERAL ADVOCACY RESOURCES

PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT

ADVOCATING ON FEDERAL PRIORITY ISSUES

FOLLOWING UP AFTER YOUR VISIT