Mercy Government Relations Purpose Statement
As the Sisters of Mercy before us, we fulfill Mercy’s mission to “bring to life the healing ministry of Jesus through our compassionate care and exceptional service” when we:
- Advocate on behalf of people who are poor, most vulnerable and underserved to help them obtain affordable health care. We also work to strengthen the health and social safety net and address health equity.
- Build coalitions to address federal, state and local government-driven challenges and opportunities that affect Mercy’s ability to effectively serve the communities who entrust themselves to our care.
- Communicate with and educate community leaders and public officials at all levels of government regarding strategies that influence the promulgation of laws and regulations that affect Mercy’s ability to provide quality care.
- Develop public policy strategies that promote human dignity and justice, reward innovation, remove regulatory barriers and justly finance government programs to fully enable Mercy to fulfill our mission for future generations.
Mercy Government Relations Legislative and Advocacy Agenda
Medicaid Financing and Expansion
Advocate for maximization of federal Medicaid matching funds, including extension of the existing 6.2% Medicaid FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentage) increase to states during the COVID public health emergency, as well as increasing the FMAP to 100% coverage for the administration of vaccines.
The Affordable Care Act
Monitor Supreme Court decision on pending ACA case and strengthen the ACA via expanded federal outreach and enrollment activities and increases in ACA patient subsidies to support access to services.
Support price transparency efforts by ensuring patients have access to information in order to make informed health care decisions, including expected out-of-pocket costs. Maintain ongoing intelligence regarding enforcement of new federal requirements and influence future rulemaking to ensure feasibility of implementation. Monitor and educate lawmakers regarding the impact of the attempts to create duplicative price transparency requirements at the state level.
Advocate for the expansion of telehealth, broadband, new technologies and workforce training, while promoting broader congressional reforms to expand Medicare access to telehealth services. Support federal and state reforms that would expand access to telehealth services.
Covid Response Recovery/Provider Relief Funding
Advocate for increase in PRF and relief from debt liabilities for Medicare Accelerated Payment program. Advocate for new funding for state and local government COVID response and fair and just reimbursement for vaccine administration.
Funding for Medicare and Medicaid DSH
Acknowledge congressional representatives for three-year relief and build momentum for ongoing delay of these cuts after FY2023.
Ensure that federal regulations to implement surprise medical billing protections for patients result in a timely and reasonable reimbursement to providers (in-network vs. out-of-network). Monitor and educate lawmakers on the impact of state-level surprise billing reforms.
Workforce Shortage - JI Visa Waivers – Conrad 30 Program
Support reintroduction of the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorization Act and the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act. Advocate for state participation in interstate licensure compacts for physicians and advanced practice professionals and engage with government leaders to support measures that will bolster physician recruitment and retention via J1 visas.