Government Affairs and Social Responsibility
Government Affairs and Social Responsibility
Providence St. Joseph Health is an enduring advocate for important health and social programs that contribute to the health of our communities. Our special focus on serving those who are poor and vulnerable compels us to work for a better and more just health care delivery system.
Together, as a family of organizations, we use our voice to advocate for needed reforms and advances in health care and coverage.
Together we can create health for a better world
Providence is a leading advocate for important health and social programs that contribute to the health of our communities. Embedded in our mission is a call to serve those who are poor and vulnerable, and to be steadfast on their behalf.
Inspired by our belief that health is a human right, our family of organizations is ready to partner with lawmakers on policies that will improve the health and well-being of those we serve.
Learn more about our priorities:
Ensure affordable access and coverage
- Sustain Medicaid and Medicare coverage: Preserve gains in health insurance coverage, especially for those who depend on Medicaid and Medicare. Support the growth of Medicare Advantage.
- Expand commercial coverage: Support expansion of affordable commercial coverage and stabilization of state health insurance markets.
Support integrated care at every stage of life
- Enable whole person care: Expand seamless health care across all services, with a special emphasis on palliative and end-of-life care.
- Create price transparency: Support reasonable policy to help health care consumers understand their costs.
- Reduce medication costs: Help lower the cost of prescriptions and increase visibility into pricing. Protect the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
- Fill provider gaps: Address provider shortages, especially in rural and underserved communities.
Advance new care models
- Reduce cost, help patients: Pave the way for innovative care models, including telehealth, to reduce cost and increase flexibility in the best interests of patients.
- Adopt the best care models: Promote the creation and adoption of value‐based payment models. Support them by reducing administrative burden and increasing integration between payers and providers.
Improve access to mental health care
- Place support in the community: Increase appropriate access to mental health and substance use care with focused, community-based solutions.
- Give hope to the suffering: Respond to the growing opioid crisis and reduce suffering from addiction.
Promote social justice and common good
- Preserve tailored community benefit: Ensure reasonable charity care and community benefit policies to respond to the unique needs of communities.
- Go upstream to improve health: Increase focus on social determinants of health, including expanding access to affordable, stable housing and to education.
- Be a voice for the vulnerable: Seek justice for those most vulnerable among us, especially immigrants and victims of human trafficking.
- Care for the earth: Support policies that improve stewardship of our environment.
- Advance global health: Promote and strengthen international development to improve health outcomes.
- Improve public health: Support common-sense gun safety measures to reduce injuries and deaths.
- Encourage charitable giving: Create incentives for those who want to support nonprofit health care.
Welcome to the Action Center
Our diverse family of organizations is driven by the belief that health care is a human right. Sometimes that means speaking up as advocates for those who are poor and vulnerable and for needed reforms in health care. Together, we can be a strong voice for those we serve.
Here in the action center you can learn about opportunities for direct advocacy. To find out what is happening in your area, click on the state where you live.
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- Texas and New Mexico
- Washington – Swedish
- Washington – Providence and other partners
Participation by our caregivers and boards is always voluntary.
Every caregiver at Providence St. Joseph Health has the power to be an advocate. In the video above, Ali Santore, vice president, government and public affairs, says that caregivers can be the catalyst for real change in their communities.
You might be surprised to learn who is covered by Medicaid. They may be people you know – loved ones, neighbors or work friends. Read about families and individuals who needed help getting care in the past, or who depend on Medicaid now. They are grateful for the coverage. With regular, sometimes lifesaving care, they are hopeful for the future.
Medicaid is a lifeline and a safety net
At Providence St. Joseph Health, we believe that health care is a basic human right. More than 20 million people across the seven western U.S. states we serve have Medicaid coverage (view infographic). They are part of our human family and each one deserves access to care.
The 340B Drug Pricing Program: Protecting the safety net
A program that works
For more than 28 years, the 340B Drug Pricing Program has provided financial relief from high prescription drug costs to certain hospitals. The Public Health Service Act requires pharmaceutical manufacturers participating in Medicaid to sell outpatient medications at discounted prices to health care organizations that care for many uninsured and low-income patients. In turn, this allows the hospitals to stretch limited federal resources to reduce the cost of medications and expand other health care services for these patients.
How we help our patients
At Providence, hospitals across our family of organizations participate in the 340B program because it helps our patients get access to much-needed care. These hospitals serve as safety nets that not only have been able to pass on savings in the form of lower-cost or free medications but also support programs that strengthen community health and well-being.
Examples of how we reinvest savings in response to identified needs:
- Medication assistance programs for those who cannot afford their prescriptions
- Access to rare or expensive medication treatments
- Free annual flu shot clinics
- School-based health clinics for at-risk elementary and high school students
- Medical care within a multidisciplinary team that serves victims of sexual and physical abuse, including prescribed medications
- Medication management for patients with chronic diseases
- Enhanced medication management and counseling for oncology patients
- Funding on-site pharmacists and pharmacies in more rural areas to dispense and advise on medications for complex treatments
- There are many other unmet needs in our communities, and we respond each year by reaching beyond hospital walls to make diverse and significant investments in community benefit. Read our community benefit report
In the video above, Ali Santore, vice president, PSJH government and public affairs, talks about the importance of preserving Medicaid for 74 million Americans. Those who depend on Medicaid are among the most vulnerable to losing their coverage.
If 9-year old Nathasha falls asleep without being connected to a ventilator, she will die. She and her family rely on Medicaid for the specialized care she needs to stay alive.
Above, Ali Santore explains why our 2018 advocacy priorities focus on being a voice for the voiceless.
Sylvia was a fitness buff and successful business leader when a stroke nearly killed her at age 50. When her insurance ran out, she turned to Medicaid.
"We lead with the Mission because we live the Mission.” Our Mission grounds us and gives us the foundation to do more together. From Ali Santore.
Every caregiver at Providence St. Joseph Health has the power to be an advocate. Ali Santore says that caregivers can be the catalyst for real change in their communities.