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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 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 to provide that care.

IHA 2020 advocacy events

To enhance the advocacy efforts of Iowa hospital leaders at the Statehouse, IHA has updated the agenda for 2020 Hospital Day on the Hill. Formerly scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26, Hospital Day on the Hill is now Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the IHA Conference Center in Des Moines.

The day includes a program featuring guest speaker David Wasserman, House editor for The Cook Political Report and an NBC News contributor. Wasserman is one of the nation's top election forecasters and will share his insights into the 2020 Iowa and national congressional races with advocates. IHA government relations staff also will review IHA's legislative agenda and talking points before advocates meet with legislators at the Capitol.

Following discussions at the Capitol, attendees are encouraged to attend the popular Legislative Reception, also at the IHA Conference Center. This is an opportunity for hospital advocates to discuss issues with their legislators in a more casual environment.

Registration for Hospital Day on the Hill and the Legislative Reception will be available in the coming weeks. Questions can be directed to Emily Liske at IHA.

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 issues IHA focused on during the 2019 session of the Iowa Legislature. The IHA Legislative Summary provides a 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 have been released. These resources provide background and IHA's position on each issue. These documents have been carefully drafted by the IHA Board of Trustees with member input.