Action Center

Urge Congress to Protect Health Care Workers from Violence by Passing the SAVE Act

Enactment of the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act (H.R. 2584/S. 2768) is a top priority for the AHA and the hospital field. This bipartisan bill would provide federal protections from workplace violence for health care workers, similar to the protections in current law for airport and aircraft employees.

As part of our efforts to build support for this legislation, the AHA last week hosted a Capitol Hill briefing for nearly 100 House and Senate staff. The lead House sponsors joined hospital and health system leaders to highlight how the legislation would help protect health care workers from violence, alleviate workforce challenges and sustain quality patient care.

Action Alert

ACT NOW: Congress Considering Billions in Cuts to Hospital Services that Could Harm Patient Care

Congress recently passed a stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown, which extended the deadlines to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2024. Congress now must fund four appropriations bills by March 1 and eight appropriations bills by March 8 — or pass another stop-gap bill to give them more time to complete this work. In addition, a number of key health care provisions have been extended through March 1, including relief from Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts that must be extended again.

Please contact your senators and representatives today and urge them to delay the Medicaid DSH cuts that are scheduled to go into effect March 1. Importantly, please ask them not to include within a legislative package to fund the government provisions that would harm hospitals, health systems and the patients they care for, including any so-called site-neutral payment cuts.

In addition, please urge them not to include other harmful provisions as part of a funding package, including unnecessary changes to the Hospital Price Transparency rule and mandating unique health identifiers for each off-campus hospital outpatient department.

Rick Pollack's Perspective: Making Sure Lawmakers Hear Our Voice Today and Throughout This Election Year

As we welcome a new year, this is a good time to examine the health care landscape ahead as we work to ensure Congress fully appreciates how hospitals and health systems need its support to continue delivering high-quality patient care to their constituents and communities.

Resources on Key Advocacy Issues

Get up to speed on the issues in which AHA is engaged, due to their significant impact on hospitals and health systems.


Learn about AHA's PAC

The AHA Political Action Committee (AHAPAC) allows eligible hospital leaders to make voluntary donations toward the support of federal candidates of both political parties who support the hospital policy agenda. AHAPAC is bipartisan, working with state hospital associations and others.

For more information, please email .

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Join an Alliance

AHA Advocacy Alliance were created to help you engage your legislators on specific issues that have a direct impact on your ability to continue providing quality health services in your community. Alliance activities include special briefing calls and emails to keep members up-to-date on key developments, breakout sessions at AHA Advocacy Days, direct member outreach and other issue-specific resources.

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Coalition to Protect America's Health Care

Support the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care

The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care was formed to protect access to the best quality health care for all Americans. We are a community of more than one million people who recognize the important role hospitals play in communities all over America, and advocate on their behalf to elected officials in Washington who too-often put funding for paitent care on chopping block.

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The AHA Advocacy Alliance for the 340B Program focuses primarily on promoting the value that the 340B program provides to hospitals, patients and communities, as well as preventing attempts to scale back this program. For more information, click here.
Building on the AHA's extensive work on behalf of small and rural hospitals, this alliance focuses on extending key Medicare provisions that would otherwise sunset, including the low-volume hospital payment adjustment, the Medicare-Dependent Hospital Program, Section 508 reclassifications and the outpatient hold harmless. In addition, the alliance will continue to work to protect Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospital designations.
The Site-neutral Advocacy Alliance focuses on ensuring adequate payment for the higher level of care capability that hospitals provide in the outpatient setting and for post-acute care providers. It also monitors payment reduction proposals for other care sites.