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The Nuts and Bolts of Building Relationships with Your Legislators. Ruth I. Hansten, RN PhD FACHE (Hansten Healthcare PLLC) Board Trustee Harrison Medical Center. Intended Outcomes. Conceptual Framework. Influence through Knowledge of your voting power in district

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The nuts and bolts of building relationships with your legislators

The Nuts and Bolts of Building Relationships with Your Legislators

Ruth I. Hansten, RN PhD FACHE

(Hansten Healthcare PLLC)

Board Trustee

Harrison Medical Center


Intended outcomes
Intended Outcomes Legislators


Conceptual framework
Conceptual Framework Legislators

  • Influence through

    • Knowledge of your voting power in district

    • Your support of candidate

    • Willingness to freely share your expertise with the politician

    • Repetitive positive relationships

    • Strength in numbers

    • Determining stakeholders with common objectives


Methods of communication
Methods of Communication Legislators

  • One to one face time

  • Office group visit (OK w/aide)

  • Email

  • Phone calls

  • Letter (postal)


Methods of communication1
Methods of Communication Legislators

  • Social media

  • Hosting visit to hospital or home

  • Town Hall attendance

  • Participating in campaign-related events

  • Thank you notes for support, job well done


Be prepared prior to contact
Be prepared prior to contact Legislators

  • Know the legislator’s position

  • Know the bills

  • Know the legislative process

  • Bullet points of rationale

  • Impact and effect on constituents' health, jobs, hospital’s viability….


Be prepared prior to contact1
Be prepared prior to contact Legislators

  • Know what they care about for re-election or their personal values

  • Consider proposing legislation

  • Know Timelines, Calendars, Committees

  • Ask for Site Visit to propose changes in legislation


Content
Content Legislators

  • Give identifying info: Name, Email, Phone, Position

  • “I live/work in your district…”

  • “ I am representing_____in your district”

  • OR “You sit on the Super Committee” and….


Content1
Content Legislators

  • Be sure to establish a connection to district

  • What bill or position you are discussing

  • Rationale and bullet points easier to include in email

  • Ask for follow up by Legislative Aide or legislator


Wsha alerts
WSHA Alerts Legislators

  • Advocacy Role

  • State Budget Crisis 2011-2013

  • Legislator Contact Information

  • 2011 Policy / Advocacy Documents

  • Policy / Advocacy Team

  • Policy / Advocacy Agenda and Issue Briefs

  • Hospital Safety Net AssessmentThe hospital safety net assessment brings in new federal Medicaid funding for hospitals, shores up the hospital safety net, and preserves services to Medicaid and Apple Health for Kids enrollees. Some legislators are now trying to undo the assessment.

  • Talking points on protecting the assessment


Important state legislature websites
Important State LegislatorsLegislature Websites:

  • Subscription to alerts:

  • http://apps.leg.wa.gov/subscriptions/

  • Calendar of Committees and bills they plan to cover by day

  • http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/pages/calendar.aspx

  • Bill Status Report (daily report of bills that were introduced and tracks them)

  • http://dlr.leg.wa.gov/searchresults/default.aspx?cb=1&id=5&params=21,1000,9999,12/1/2010&desc=SQkn3vo7oXn7D0kuxVi7YnJFcyWvsej7z57YXtJ7YmTpEB6cNDRNOgXHBvUTDu%2bA&bienString=2011-12

  • Detailed bill description: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/


Federal politicians
Federal Politicians Legislators

  • Know Committees

  • Develop a relationship with the HC legislative aide

  • Get on the mailing list

  • Email, Call, Letters

  • Support them


Find your us representative
Find Your US Representative Legislators

https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml


Get on your Senators and Representative’s Mailing List Legislators

Patty Murray and the Super Committee


AHA resources to support Advocacy Legislators

http://www.aha.org/hospital-members/advocacy-issues/alert/2011/110909-laa.shtml

Sign up for Action Alerts at AHA.org


AHA resources to support Advocacy Legislators

http://www.aha.org/hospital-members/advocacy-issues/alert/2011/110909-laa.shtml


http Legislators://www.govtrack.us/


What is our purpose as Legislators

Healthcare leaders?

If our mission is to improve the health of our communities then can we afford not to act to advocate for those who are less able than ourselves?

Our politicians need our expertise.

Our communities are counting on us.

Harrison Silverdale Campus


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