Advocacy

NRHA is fighting for rural

NRHA Advocacy Documents


NRHA's Government Affairs staff 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. NRHA serves as the primary rural resource to elected officials, policy leaders, and other organizations on the challenges and opportunities facing rural patients and providers. 

Through activities such as the annual Rural Health Policy Institute and ongoing grassroots campaigns, NRHA members actively participate in advocacy efforts to bring about needed 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. The team also produces materials for members to use in state-level advocacy work.

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, contact our Government Affairs staff at 202-639-0550 or [email protected]     
 
Access to quality health care for rural Americans
Over 120 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and the number continues to rise. Right now, over 450 additional facilities are vulnerable to closure; this represents nearly one quarter of rural hospitals in the U.S. If Congress does not act, hundreds more will close, which will leave hundreds of thousands of rural Americans without local access to care. Several pieces of legislation have been introduced to combat the rural hospital closure crisis. Learn more about these bills here
 
Robust funding for the rural health care safety net
NRHA supports robust funding for the entire rural health care safety net. Mandatory, long-term funding for Teaching Health Center and Rural Training Track professional training programs, the National Health Service Corps, and the Community Health Center Fund is desperately 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:
 
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