Essentials for Your Capitol Hill Visits


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Chuck Ingoglia, Vice President, Public Policy

Advocacy issues, letter-writing campaigns, and ideas to boost your community’s engagement

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Essentials for Your Capitol Hill Visits

  1. 1. Healthcare Reform Advocacy
  2. 2. Healthcare Reform Advocacy and Essentials for Your Capitol Hill Visits Chuck Ingoglia, Vice President, Public Policy June 3, 2010
  3. 3. Amplify Your Voice: Letter-Writing Campaign > Bring the voices from your state to Washington! > Personal stories are one of the most powerful ways of influencing Congress > How to Participate: 1. Download our sample letter form on the Hill Day website. 2. Get as many people as possible to fill it out. 3. Return completed letters to
  4. 4. Ideas to Boost Your Community’s Engagement > Distribute the letter form to staff, board members, friends, family, anyone with a story to tell! > Leave copies in your waiting room for consumers to fill out > Don’t have time to print and return the letter? Use our easy online response tool at > Email this link to everyone you know, or post it on your website > Make sure letter-writers know to enter your organization’s name, so you can get the credit!
  5. 5. Why Your Stories Matter May 20, 2010 Dear Ms. Lenore Barsness, [The Congressman] wanted me to inform you that because of your email he decided to cosponsor H.R. 5040, the Health Information Technology Extension for Behavior Health Services Act. Thank you for your email. Sincerely, [Staffer’s Name] Legislative Director
  6. 6. Start by Mentioning… > Your name, organization, and city > Number of clients your organization serves each year > Describe your clients • Uninsured/Medicaid • Diagnostic profile/disability rates > Describe your payer mix > Number of employees in your organization
  7. 7. Advocacy Issues ASK: Please Co-sponsor the Health Information Technology Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act (H.R. 5040) > Current federal HIT funding initiatives (e.g. ARRA) do NOT include CBHOs as entities – and many types of providers practicing in CBHOs are excluded from the list of “eligible providers” • People who receive care at CBHOs will not benefit from the benefits of HIT usage • Limits communication between primary care providers as CBHOs
  8. 8. HIT Extension Act (cont.) > H.R. 5040 extends federal HIT incentive payments to CBHOs and certain behavioral health providers • Expands the list of eligible professionals to include clinical psychologists and clinical social workers • Allows mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities that have at least 10% their patient volume attributable to Medicaid recipients to receive increased facility payments • Allows private psychiatric hospitals that have at least 10% their patient volume attributable to Medicaid recipients to receive these payments.
  9. 9. Advocacy Issues (cont.) ASK: Please Support Legislation Creating a Definition of Federally Qualified Behavioral Health Centers > The coverage expansions under healthcare reform will likely lead to: • Increased demand in services • Greater provider accountability for health outcomes > Federally Qualified Behavioral Health Centers will be able to meet these expectations • Voluntary • Meet clearly-defined national standards • Receive reimbursement for the cost of providing services – increased capacity.
  10. 10. FQBHCs (cont.) > In addition, the creation of FQBHCs will: • Establish federal status for community behavioral health organizations (CBHOs). • Provide a definition for such an entity that clearly identifies treatment objectives and updates the minimum core services required. • Create nationwide minimum reimbursement for community-based mental health care and substance abuse services that reflects the cost of actually delivering those same services – commonly referred to as “cost-based reimbursement”.
  11. 11. Before You Leave, Don’t Forget To… > Invite your Member of Congress to visit your site the next time he/she is in the district > Leave your business card > Say Thank You!
  12. 12. Be sure to bring…. > Plenty of business cards > Shoes you can walk in > Temperatures will be hot! We recommend business casual for Tuesday’s sessions (light sweaters/jackets are recommended for cool indoor temperatures) and business attire (suits) for Wednesday’s meetings.
  13. 13. Questions? > Chuck Ingoglia, • Policy issues > Rebecca Farley, • Hotels, registration, schedule, other logistics