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Our 2019-2020 Advocacy Agenda

Together we can create health for a better world

Providence St. Joseph Health is a leading advocate for important health and social programs that contribute to the health of our communities. Embedded in our mission is a call to serve those who are poor and vulnerable, and to be steadfast on their behalf.  

Inspired by our belief that health is a human right, our family of organizations is ready to partner with lawmakers on policies that will improve the health and well-being of those we serve. 

Learn more about our priorities:

Ensure affordable access and coverage

  • Sustain Medicaid and Medicare coverage: Preserve gains in health insurance coverage, especially for those who depend on Medicaid and Medicare. 
  • Expand commercial coverage: Support expansion of affordable commercial coverage and stabilization of state health insurance markets.
 

Support integrated care at every stage of life

  • Enable whole person care: Expand seamless health care across all services, with a special emphasis on palliative and end-of-life care.
  • Create price transparency: Support reasonable policy to help health care consumers understand their costs. 
  • Reduce medication costs: Help lower the cost of prescriptions and increase visibility into pricing. 
  • Fill provider gaps: Address provider shortages, especially in rural and underserved communities.
 

Advance new care models

  • Reduce cost, help patients: Pave the way for innovative care models, including telehealth, to reduce cost and increase flexibility in the best interests of patients. 
  • Adopt the best care models: Promote the creation and adoption of value‚Äźbased payment models.
 

Improve access to mental health care

  • Place support in the community: Increase appropriate access to mental health and substance use care with focused, community-based solutions. 
  • Give hope to the suffering: Respond to the growing opioid crisis and reduce suffering from addiction.
 

Promote social justice and common good

  • Preserve tailored community benefit: Ensure reasonable charity care and community benefit policies to respond to the unique needs of communities.
  • Go upstream to improve health: Increase focus on social determinants of health, including expanding access to affordable, stable housing and to education.
  • Be a voice for the vulnerable: Seek justice for those most vulnerable among us, especially immigrants and victims of human trafficking.
  • Care for the earth: Support policies that improve stewardship of our environment.
  • Advance global health: Promote and strengthen international development to improve health outcomes.
  • Improve public health: Support common-sense gun safety measures to reduce injuries and deaths.
  • Encourage charitable giving: Create incentives for those who want to support nonprofit health care.