Frequently Asked Questions
1. What if I am asked to have the Network or its affiliates contribute to a political candidate's campaign?
As a 501(c)(3) organization, we are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. As an individual, you are certainly welcome to support political candidates of your choosing.
2. What is legislative advocacy? Why is it important to the Network?
Legislative advocacy refers to efforts to influence the introduction, enactment or modification of legislation. It involves educating legislators, communicating strategies, and tracking legislation shaping health care policy. The most common means of legislative advocacy is direct lobbying, which entails contacting a legislator and sharing views on an issue, and asking him or her to vote a specific way on a bill. This can be accomplished through a phone call or letter, or by a formal meeting with the legislator or his/her staff. Legislative advocacy is important to St. Luke's since it influences health care policy that directly impacts the Network.
3. What should I do if I am approached by my association to contact a legislator regarding pending legislation?
From time to time associations, like HAP, will ask you to support a specific issue. Before contacting a legislator, please contact Melissa Shafer in Government Relations for guidance and assistance.
4. What do I do if I have a question about a legislative bill?
Government Relations has a significant number of resources to assist you in understanding pending legislation. Please contact Melissa Shafer for guidance and assistance.
5. Can I call a legislator directly about a question or problem?
Before contacting a legislator directly regarding a Network related matter, please speak with a representative from our Government Relations.