Indiana hospitals have much at stake in the upcoming 2016 elections. Hoosiers will elect a new governor and usher in a new group of legislators, and voters will decide control of the White House and Congress. Health care has played a central role in state and federal politics over the past few years, and that will no doubt continue in 2016 and beyond.
Two of Indiana’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are open, as Rep. Todd Young and Rep. Marlin Stutzman are currently running for the open Indiana seat in the U.S. Senate. In the Indiana General Assembly, all 100 seats in the House of Representatives and 25 seats in the Senate are also open for election this year. With the potential for change, we urge members to be knowledgeable about the candidate they are voting for to ensure that hospitals and health care are protected.
With health care being a hot-button issue this election season, it is important that we work to make sure coverage is maintained and hospital reimbursement is protected. But we can’t do that alone.
IHA needs members’ help to educate candidates about these challenges, but also to emphasize the importance of hospitals as job creators, anchors of local economies and providers of vital services. Candidates need to hear from everyone in the hospital community. Invite your legislators to your hospital. Make a personal connection with them—that is the best way to ensure your community’s voice is heard in the Statehouse.
We have begun to utilize a grassroots advocacy tool called VoterVoice that will allow our members to easily reach out to elected officials. The tool will give members the chance to easily contact legislators and alert them of concerns and important policies that are impacting health care and hospitals in Indiana in the impending election. We encourage you to visit the Advocacy section of our website (IHAconnect.org/Advocacy) to stay up to date on current issues affecting health care in Indiana. We also encourage you to take action when we send emails about specific issues. Using VoterVoice, fill in your personal information in the portal to make sure your message will be sent to the elected officials who represent the place you live, as policymakers need to hear from their electorate.
Now is the time to be communicating with lawmakers on the issues important to Indiana hospitals. Trustees and executives should reach out to policymakers, but everyone within your hospital has an important voice. Tell our elected officials the positive impact coverage has had on Hoosiers and hospitals in your community. It’s always a good time to build relationships with legislative leaders and those new to our industry. Educate them. Be a resource and advocate for Indiana hospitals. Take action. Vote.
1. Follow the 2016 state legislative session and congressional action by signing up for updates below
2. Contact your elected officials, and tell your hospital story and community impact
3. Host lawmakers at your hospital, and share your hospital’s most pressing challenges
4. Encourage your employees to register to vote by April 25
5. Vote. Indiana’s primary election is May 3, and the general election is Nov. 8