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Hospital lobbying in 2018 — by the numbers

Hospitals and health systems doled out more cash currying support for favorable Medicare and 340B prescription drug payments last year than they did fighting efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017. Hospitals and nursing homes spent nearly $99.7 million lobbying in 2018, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, slightly more than the $99.63 million the industry spent the year prior. That’s still $8 million away from the $107.5 million the industry spent lobbying in 2009 during the run up to the ACA.