Advocacy / Issues

Like good schools, safe streets, and good jobs - strong hospitals are vital to the quality of life of Connecticut’s communities.

Across the state, Connecticut's hospitals care for their communities, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our hospitals serve as the safety net for all residents, treating and caring for everyone regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

Top priorities for Connecticut hospitals are:

  • Improving the health of Connecticut residents by supporting vital public health initiatives.
  • Enhancing the quality of care and patient safety through partnerships, education and training, safety collaboratives, and data analysis that promote and cultivate a culture of safety and continuous quality improvement.
  • Ensuring access to coverage and care, including resolving issues related to over-utilization and overcrowding of emergency rooms given a lack of primary and preventive care services.
  • Securing fair and adequate reimbursement that addresses hospitals' significant financial losses due to government not paying the full cost of care.
  • Building a strong workforce to mitigate the impact of severe and growing shortages of vital healthcare professionals at a time when the growing elderly population is increasing the demand for services.

Sending messages to our lawmakers about issues of importance to hospitals is central to CHA's advocacy efforts.

On this area of the website, you will find updates on key issues and information needed to contact your state and national legislators. Whether you work for a hospital or just take an active interest in healthcare issues affecting your community, it's important to stay informed and to make your voice heard.

2014 Legislative Agenda

  • Christopher Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
  • Hospital leaders on Capitol Hill
  • Elliot Joseph, President and CEO, Hartford HealthCare
  • Congressman John Larson (CT-1) with Christopher Dadlez
  • Chad Wable, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Mary’s Hospital
  • Bruce Cummings, President and CEO, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
  • Kurt Barwis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Hospital
  • Congressman John Larson (CT-1) addresses hospital leaders
  • Marie O’Brien, Chairman of the Bristol Hospital Board and President, CT Development Authority
  • Hospital leaders on Capitol Hill
  • Senator Joseph Lieberman addresses hospital leaders
  • Senator Richard Blumenthal addresses hospital leaders
  • Vincent Petrini, Senior VP of Public Affairs, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Elliot Joseph, President and CEO, Hartford HealthCare