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Advocacy

IHA effectively represents hospitals' public policy interests that maintain quality health services for Iowa communities.

Use the menu on the left side of this page to link to IHA Advocacy resources and information.

Be an Advocate

Hospital advocates help keep health care a priority with state and federal legislators. It's easy to become an Iowa hospital grassroots advocate and join the IHA Hospital Action Network. Click here to sign up or act on an issue. And visit the IHA blog, CareforIowa.org, for more information, news and insight about issues affecting access to high-quality, safe and affordable health care, and to celebrate those who work all day, every day to provide that care.

IHA 2020 Advocacy Events

That's why it is crucial for hospital advocates to plan now to attend Hospital Day on the Hill Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The day features a breakfast followed by face-to-face visits with legislators at the Capitol. Hospital Day on the Hill is the largest gathering of hospital advocates, making it the best opportunity to be the voice of Iowa hospitals and share the hospital perspective while growing relationships with legislators. 
  
IHA also is hosting an advocacy 101 training Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at the IHA Conference Center in Des Moines. Facilitated by IHA lobbyists, this training will review key talking points and IHA priorities and help advocates understand how to effectively communicate with their legislators before discussions at the Capitol. Additionally, there will be a legislative reception Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in the evening at the IHA Conference Center. Designed to facilitate discussion among hospital advocates and legislators in a more casual setting, the legislative reception will set the stage for critical conversations before meeting at the Capitol for Hospital Day on the Hill.

Stay Informed

The Legislative Bulletin is IHA's weekly roundup of Statehouse news and information during the session. The Legislative Bulletin-Interim Edition is IHA's monthly newsletter to keep hospital and health care leaders up-to-date on IHA and legislative activity during the interim. Click here to access the newsletter archive to stay informed and follow state issues and legislation affecting your hospital.

Where We Stand: 2019 Legislative Summary

Learn about the key issues IHA focused on during the 2019 session of the Iowa Legislature. The IHA Legislative Summary provides a detailed review of the bills followed by IHA during the session, what was passed and work being done in the interim. The 2020 IHA Legislative Agenda and position papers will be released in the coming weeks. These resources provide background and IHA's position on each issue, which has been carefully drafted by the IHA board of directors with member input.