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CHA Launches Grassroots Action Center to Fight Rate-Setting Bill
Public encouraged to submit letters opposing AB 3087 by May 23

Today, CHA launched its Grassroots Action Center, a new digital advocacy tool designed to supplement member advocacy letters. Using the tool, individuals are able to send direct email to legislators, as well as tweets and other social media messages. Designed to engage a broader audience than traditional outreach, the site allows individuals to take part in important advocacy efforts, rather than only submitting letters on behalf of a hospital or system.

CHA encourages hospitals and health systems to ask their medical staff, other employees, volunteers and community partners, as appropriate, to participate in the center’s initial call to action, related to Assembly Bill 3087 (Kalra, D-San Jose). Because the bill will be heard in Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday, individuals are encouraged to email their legislators, through the Grassroots Action Center, by close of business on May 23. Users will be automatically matched to their representative after entering their name, email, address and zip code, and can easily submit an advocacy message developed by CHA within minutes.

AB 3087 would establish a new state commission to set commercial reimbursement rates for health plans, hospitals, physicians, physician groups and other health care providers based on a multiplier of what Medicare pays. It ignores the actual drivers of health care costs, and its payment cuts would leave hospitals no choice but to lay off health care workers, reduce services, or, in many cases, close entirely.

CHA thanks members for their support in submitting letters in response to a recent Advocacy Alert, and is pleased to invite broader participation in this important advocacy. Members are encouraged to share the Grassroots Action Center with family, friends and colleagues who may be interested. Questions can be directed to Tracy Campbell, CHA vice president, digital advocacy, at tcampbell@calhospital.org.

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