In today’s political climate, principled, innovative and effective advocacy is critical to ensuring that hospitals and health systems have the resources they need to provide cost-effective, quality health care services for all Virginians. VHHA’s and our members’ government affairs staff work each day to maintain the relationships necessary to affect the development of the laws, regulations and guidelines that govern health care at the state, federal and local levels. VHHA’s advocacy efforts focus on the Virginia General Assembly and our congressional delegation on Capitol Hill, but also include significant outreach to and work with regulatory agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Virginia Department of Health and groups like the Joint Commission.
Equally important to VHHA’s day-to-day advocacy with legislators and regulators are our efforts to engage hospital and health system leadership and employees. The most effective voice for hospitals and health systems are the 115,000+ Virginians employed in VHHA’s member facilities. Involvement in VHHA’s Hospital Support Network or the Hospital Grassroots Network, signing up for Voter Voice, and/or contributing to HosPAC are all important steps to ensuring hospitals and health systems have a voice in Richmond and Washington.