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WVHA effectively represents hospitals’ public policy interests that maintain quality health services for West Virginia communities. 

The WVHA Legislative Committee is responsible for development and implementation of the legislative agenda for the Association.
 

Grassroots Advocacy


Enactment of legislation that supports healthcare in West Virginia depends upon the ability of hospitals to effectively communicate their needs to legislators and policymakers.
 
It is critical that legislators and policymakers have the information they need to understand issues facing the healthcare field as well as to understand the impact those issues have on communities and the jobs people hold in those communities. It is likewise important for constituents to understand the legislative process to effectively educate legislators about healthcare.
 
Those associated with hospitals - employees, medical staff, trustees - have the information legislators need to effectively design policy that will shape the state’s healthcare delivery and financing system.
 
Because grassroots lobbying is the key to any successful legislative effort, the WVHA has developed this manual, The Legislative Guide for Grassroots Advocacy.  The information is designed to provide a better understanding of how the political process works.  It’s also intended to provide the basic tools needed to participate on the grassroots level.
 
 

WVHA 2020 Advocacy Events

 
WVHA is pleased to announce that Hospital Day 2020 will be a two-day event and is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13, 2020.  This year’s Hospital Day activities will offer all member hospitals and health systems an opportunity to connect with their legislators to emphasize the importance of the industry in West Virginia.  Please find attached a revised Hospital Day agenda.
 
Team leaders, please click here to make your group’s registrations for Hospital Day.  Deadline for registrations is Monday, February 3, 2020.
 
For more information, please contact Tina Rymer
 

Stay Informed

 
WVHA provides regular updates of significant legislative activity at the State Capitol in Charleston and any Call to Action during the 60-Day Regular Session and Interim Period. Below is a summary of WVHA’s published legislative communications:
  • Throughout the week during session and during the Interim period, member hospitals and health systems receive regular communication titled: WVHA Legislative Update. This regular update provides information regarding significant committee and legislative action on hospital and healthcare issues of interest to WVHA.
  • Then weekly during the 60-Day Regular Session, member hospitals and health systems receive From the Dome summarizing the week’s activities and previewing what lies ahead at the Capitol.
  • WVHA also utilizes other forms of regular legislative communication including mobile text alerts; and video blogs highlighting significant action at the State Capitol.  
  • Be sure to subscribe to WVHA's Twitter and Facebook pages for updates. 
For more information on how to be included on the email distribution lists of these legislative communications, please contact Tina Rymer at (304) 353-9717.
 

2020 Legislative Summary

 
Learn about the issues WVHA focused on during the 2020 session of the West Virginia Legislature.  The 2020 WVHA Legislative Summary and Follow-up highlights the major successes of the WVHA during the 2020 Regular Session and provides summaries of bills impacting hospitals, health systems and healthcare in West Virginia. To view past Legislative Summaries, please click here

Contact

 
Tony J. Gregory
Vice President, Legislative Affairs
304.353.9719
tgregory@wvha.org
 
Brandon Hatfield
General Counsel
304.353.9720
bhatfield@wvha.org
 
Tina Rymer
Director, Communications and Grassroots Advocacy
304.353.9717
trymer@wvha.org