Advocacy

NRHA Fighting for Rural

NRHA's government affairs office in Washington, D.C., advocates for you. Using the association’s legislative and regulatory policies and positions, NRHA advocates before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. The association serves as a primary rural resource to elected officials, policy leaders and other organizations on rural health initiatives and programs.

Through activities such as the annual Rural Health Policy Institute and ongoing grassroots campaigns and activities, NRHA members actively participate in advocacy efforts to bring about appropriate rural health policy and legislation. As an NRHA member benefit, the government affairs team holds monthly grassroots calls to inform you of what is happening in Washington to facilitate your grassroots advocacy.

NRHA’s legislative and regulatory agenda is developed through solicited input from the full membership. Policies adopted by the Rural Health Congress are included in the legislative and regulatory agenda, which is approved each year by the Government Affairs Committee. The agenda reflects the mission and values of the organization.

For more information about any advocacy or policy issue, please contact our government affairs staff at 202-639-0550 or dc@nrharural.org.     
 
What NRHA fights for 
 
  • Access to quality health care for rural Americans
More than 70 rural hospitals have closed and counting. Right now, 673 additional facilities are vulnerable and could close – this represents over 1/3 of rural hospitals in the U.S. If Congress doesn’t act, hundreds more could close, leaving hundreds of thousands of rural Americans without access to their local hospital. The Save Rural Hospitals Act (H.R. 3225) will stop harmful Medicare cuts to rural hospitals and offer a new and innovative delivery model for the future of rural health care.
 
  • Robust funding for the rural health care safety net
NRHA supports strong funding for the entire rural health care safety net. Mandatory, long-term funding for the Teaching Health Center and Rural Training Track professional training programs, the National Health Service Corps and the Community Health Center Fund is needed. Sustaining Medicaid primary care parity payments is critical to increasing access to providers for the rural poor. Increasing rural health clinics’ capitated payment rate will sustain these critical rural safety net providers as they treat new populations under health care reform. 
 
  • Gaining more rural health champions in Congress   
The Senate Rural Health Caucus and the House Rural Health Coalition are made up of rural health champions in Congress. Each has passed significant legislation improving the lives of 62 million rural Americans. We urge members of Congress from all rural districts and states to join these important groups.
 
Tools for advocacy 
Coordinated grassroots efforts from NRHA members and rural advocates are critical to ensuring rural and underserved populations have access to health care. These advocacy tools will help you become a better advocate for rural health.