Resources to Engage Hospitals to Close the Coverage Gap

Dear Partners,

The coverage gap not only keeps health care out of reach of millions of vulnerable Americans, it also impacts hospitals’ finances, since they will continue providing uncompensated care to uninsured patients in the coverage gap. In some cases, the coverage gap may even impact their ability to keep their doors open to provide needed care to consumers. Rural areas are especially vulnerable, as more rural hospitals are closing their doors due to financial distress.

In some states, hospitals and hospital associations are actively involved in closing the gap by educating policymakers, participating in consumer coalition events, speaking out in the press and even offering to take on hospital assessments to address state funding concerns. However, in some states hospitals and hospital associations are not yet fully engaged or collaborating with consumer groups.

Regardless of where hospitals and hospital associations are on the spectrum in your state, we know that engaging the hospital voice goes a long way toward making the case to close the coverage gap. To support your efforts, we developed two resources about the impact of the coverage gap on hospitals and some best practices of how to collaborate with these key stakeholders:

  • Impact of the Coverage Gap on Hospital Finances: This policy brief illustrates the impact of the coverage gap on hospitals, such as uncompensated care costs, volume of uninsured patients and overall financial health to be able to keep their doors open for their communities.
  • Hospital and Advocates Engagement Strategies: This guide walks through some tips and best practices to prepare your coalition to get hospitals to the table, coordinate close the gap strategy and sustain these partnerships.

If you have any questions about these resources, please contact Amber Ma at ama@communitycatalyst.org.

Thank you for your continued advocacy,

The Community Catalyst Close the Gap Team

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