MHA works in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA), LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice to represent the interests of our members in Washington, D.C. MHA keeps Montana’s congressional delegation and other federal policymakers informed by providing analysis of federal health policies and their impact on Montana’s health care providers.
MHA’s federal advocacy agenda includes a variety of issues related to health care coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, health information technology, workforce development and Indian Health Services. Key issues include:
- Policies that ensure all Montanans have access to health care coverage and medical treatment.
- Ensuring hospitals have adequate resources to deal with public health emergencies – such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Development of delivery system models that ensure continued access to health care services in all parts of the state, preserve critical access hospital status and reimbursement rates and spur development of cost effective and high quality delivery models.
- Initiatives that address Montana’s persistent shortage of health care professionals and other workers, especially in rural areas.
- Removing regulatory barriers – such as the 96-hour physician certification rule – that inhibit access in rural and frontier communities.
- Preservation of provider fees as a mechanism for helping to adequately finance the Medicaid program.
- Minimizing the impact of budget deficit reductions on health care providers and identifying alternatives to provider payment cuts to achieve budget savings.
- Development of clinical and health information technology that sustains and improves quality of care and patient safety.
- Public policies that strengthen provider-hospital relationships, alignment and clinical integration and access to physician and nurse practitioner services.