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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.

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.

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.

Government Relations has a significant number of resources to assist you in understanding pending legislation. Please contact Melissa Shafer for guidance and assistance.

Before contacting a legislator directly regarding a Network related matter, please speak with a representative from our Government Relations.