Every day, AHA staff take to Capitol Hill to tell the hospital story, working to educate Congress on key issues and the field’s concerns. We also advocate with federal regulators, provide expert testimony, and highlight the impact proposed changes could have and suggest alternative solutions. Below are the most recent statements the AHA has submitted for the record for congressional hearings or agency panels.
AHA Senate Statement: “Protecting Youth Mental Health: Part II - Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Care”Feb 15, 2022
Statement of the American Hospital Association to the Committee on Finance of the United States Senate
AHA Senate Statement: Recruiting, Revitalizing & Diversifying: Examining the Health Care Workforce ShortageFeb 10, 2022
Statement of the American Hospital Association to the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety of the
Feb 3, 2022
AHA statement submitted to the House Ways and Means for a hearing on the nation’s mental health crisis.
Feb 2, 2022
the American Hospital Association (AHA) appreciates the opportunity to submit for the record our comments regarding concerns about anticompetitive conduct on the part of health care staffing agencies, some of which have been exploiting the severe shortage of health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Feb 1, 2022
On behalf of our nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, our clinician partners – includi
AHA House Statement: "Caring for America: Legislation to Support Patients, Caregivers, and Providers.”Oct 26, 2021
AHA urges Congress to enact the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 1667) and prioritize funding to support the nation’s health care workforce needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
AHA Senate Statement “COVID-19 Health Care Flexibilities: Perspectives, Experiences, and Lessons Learned”May 19, 2021
Since the first COVID-19 cases were diagnosed and the pandemic changed the ways in which patients were able to access traditional health care settings, providers were required to navigate significant challenges to ensure their services were still able to reach millions of patients. In response, Congress and the Administration granted various flexibilities intended to improve access and facilitate the delivery of safe, quality care. As health care providers reflect on lessons learned and plan a post-pandemic course for the future, it is evident that several of the flexibilities have enhanced the patient experience and led to better outcomes.
Statement of the AHA on “COVID-19 Part II: Evaluating the Medical Supply Chain and Pandemic Response Gaps”May 19, 2021
A strong and reliable medical supply chain is a critical and integral component to delivering safe and effective high quality care to patients; however, it has become increasingly clear that the level of fragility across our national medical supply chain is unsustainable and poses significant risk to hospitals and health systems, as well as the patients and communities they serve.
May 19, 2021
Being a member of a health system brings measurable benefits to patients and health system employees: lower health care costs, improved patient care, better access to health care providers, and increased investment in technology and equipment.
Apr 28, 2021
The increased use of telehealth since the start of the public health emergency (PHE) is producing high-quality outcomes for patients, closing longstanding workforce gaps and those that arose as a result of an overwhelmed, hardworking provider workforce, and protecting access for patients too vulnerable to risk infection. We urge Congress to consider how to ensure these flexibilities could remain in place for patients and health care providers beyond the PHE.