Government and Public Affairs

Government and Public Affairs

Providence 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 system.

Together we can create health for a better world

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

  • Respond to COVID-19
    • Maintain flexible policy frameworks for staffing and telehealth
      Enable providers to use clinical expertise in the best, most affordable care settings.
    • Strengthen our public health infrastructure
      Increase rapid, collaborative strategies for outreach, testing, treatment, immunization and data collection.
    • Reduce health disparities
      The impact of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases should not be disproportionate on people of color and minority communities.
    • Increase readiness for infectious disease
      Quickly detect and respond to outbreaks through national surveillance systems and alerts.
  • Preserve affordable access and coverage
    • Sustain Medicaid and Medicare
      Protect the health and well-being of 130 million Americans.
    • Expand private and public health insurance
      Grow Medicare Advantage and advance ‘primary care for all’ coverage.
    • Continue to adopt value-based payment models
      Enable increased integration between payers and providers.
    • Reduce medication costs
      Increase visibility into pricing and protect the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
  • Improve care delivery and coordination
    • End racial disparities
      Policy can improve health outcomes and culturally competent care.
    • Support innovative care models
      Enable more affordable, nimble care such as telehealth.
    • Increase interoperability
      Connected care brings many benefits to entire populations.
    • Protect nonprofits’ ability to care for all
      Preserve existing tax-exempt policies.
    • Increase mental health and substance use care
      Enable community-based solutions.
    • Reduce provider shortages and increase workforce diversity
      Focus first on rural and underserved communities.
  • Promote social and environmental justice
    • Reduce social and economic inequities
      Improve nutrition and other social services for better health.
    • Decrease and prevent homelessness
      Increase access to affordable housing and extend eviction moratoriums.
    • Improve stewardship of our environment
      Expand policies on clean renewable energy to lessen the impact of climate change.
    • Support common-sense gun safety
      Reduce injuries and deaths.
    • Seek justice for the most vulnerable
      Advocate for immigrants and victims of human trafficking.
    • Advance global health
      Promote international development to improve health outcomes.

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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Participation by our caregivers and boards is always voluntary.

Contact government and public affairs.

Every caregiver at Providence 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, 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.

  • Medicaid Myths & Facts: Ryan Keay, M.D.
  • Medicaid Myths and Facts Shar Jackson
  • Medicaid Myths & Facts: Tionne T-Boz Watkins
  • Medicaid Myths & Facts: DJ Supreme
  • Medicaid Myths & Facts: Paula DeAnda
  • Medicaid Myths & Facts: Nana
  • Medicaid Myths & Facts Ya Ya
  • Medicaid Myths & Facts: Kid n Play
  • Many Faces of Medicaid: Medicaid’s role in the opioid epidemic
  • Many Faces of Medicaid: Tressia's story
  • Many Faces of Medicaid: Harold's story
  • Many Faces of Medicaid: Cee J and Shar Jackson’s story

The 340B Drug Pricing Program: Protecting the safety net

pharmacist helping patient

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

  • Why Medicaid is Important

    In the video above, Ali Santore, vice president, Providence 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.

  • Many Faces of Medicaid - Nathasha's Story

    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.

  • Our Advocacy Priorities

    Above, Ali Santore explains why our 2018 advocacy priorities focus on being a voice for the voiceless.

  • Many Faces of Medicaid - Sylvia's story

    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. 

  • Always Lead with the Mission

    "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.

  • Caregivers as Advocates

    Every caregiver at Providence has the power to be an advocate. Ali Santore says that caregivers can be the catalyst for real change in their communities.


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