Advocacy Overview

CHA's advocacy efforts strive to shape the impact of federal legislation and policies. Working together with advocates from Catholic health systems and facilities nationwide, CHA's Washington, DC-based advocacy team focuses on initiatives to strengthen the viability of the Catholic health ministry as not-for-profit providers and support the ministry's emphasis on creating a more just and compassionate health care system. In addition to working with our health ministry partners on key initiatives, CHA also collaborates with other Catholic partners, health and other organizations in addressing areas of mutual concern.
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Advocacy Communications

Below are some of the communications that CHA has recently sent to Congress and the Administration.


Recent Summaries


CHA Podcast on 2018 Midterm Elections


Washington Update

Washington Update Published weekly when Congress is in session, Washington Update provides important information on advocacy and public policy topics that are important to Catholic health care organizations.The newsletter is available only to members of the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

CHA Webinar Recording: Protecting Patients from Surprise Billing (July 9)

In this CHA webinar, Jack Hoadley, research professor emeritus of the Health Policy Institute, McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, discussed surprise billing and state and federal proposals to protect patients.

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Advocacy Agenda 2019-2020

2019-Advocacy-Agenda

116th Congress

The Catholic Health Association of the United States is the national leadership organization of the Catholic health ministry, representing the largest not-for-profit provider of health care services in the nation. By pursuing the priorities of the ministry, CHA is working to create health care that serves everyone. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are served by Catholic health care organizations providing acute care, skilled nursing and other services including hospice, home health, assisted living and senior housing. Our advocacy is grounded in the core values that form our Vision for U.S. Health Care:

  • Human Dignity
  • Concern for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Justice
  • Common Good
  • Stewardship
  • Pluralism
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Statements & News Releases


VIDEO: Nobody Is Talking About The Impact Medicaid Cuts Would Have On This Group

The latest GOP health care bill includes deep cuts to Medicaid. Slashing the program would be especially tough on nursing home patients, many of whom rely on it for health care.
Watch the video on HuffingtonPost.com

CHA Staff

Lisa Smith
Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy 
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Kathy Curran

Senior Director, Public Policy
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Julie Trocchio
Senior Director, Community Benefit and
Continuing Care
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Clay O'Dell
Director, Advocacy
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Indu Spugnardi
Director, Advocacy & Resource Development
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Paulo Pontemayor
Director, Government Relations
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Lucas Swanepoel

Director, Government Relations
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