WSHA staff and hospital members recently returned from Washington, D.C., after a successful trip advocating for hospitals during Rural Advocacy Days! A total of 31 hospital members from 13 hospitals made the trip and visited nine congressional offices to advocate for hospitals in our state.
This year’s top legislative priorities were workforce, rural health infrastructure, site neutral payments and the 340B program. We felt our meetings with lawmakers made our voices heard, and drew attention to the concerns we have for rural health care and the ways our elected officials can support their local hospitals.
Physician’s Insurance sponsored Rural Advocacy Days, and some of their staff members made the trip as well. All who attended took an opportunity to tour the city’s monuments at night. If your hospital serves a rural community and you didn’t get the chance to join us this year, we would love for you to join us in 2023!
Thank you for your continuing efforts and advocacy for hospitals, and for the health care you provide.
Jacqueline Barton True
WSHA Vice President, Advocacy and Rural Health