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Martin Testifies at Senate Finance Committee Hearing in D.C.

SLVH CEO Konnie Martin is a Witness at the Senate Finance Committee Hearing in Washington D.C.

From the AHA Today's headlines on May 24, 2018:

Senate Hearing Examines Rural Health Care Challenges, Opportunities

The Senate Finance Committee today held a hearing on "Rural Health Care in America: Challenges and Opportunities." In a statement submitted for the record, AHA recommended legislative and regulatory actions to maintain access to health care in rural communities – from enacting alternative payment models such as the rural emergency medical center to providing regulatory relief and expanding access to telehealth services. Hospital and health system witnesses at the hearing included Konnie Martin, CEO of San Luis Valley Health in Alamosa, CO; Susan Thompson, senior vice president of integration and optimization for UnityPoint Health in West Des Moines, IA; and Karen Murphy, executive vice president and chief innovation officer for Geisinger in Danville, PA. "Rural communities pride themselves on hard work and taking care of their own," said Martin. "However, federal payment systems and delivery models updated to meet the realities and challenges of how health care is delivered today and in the future... In a country, as great as ours, where you live should not determine if you live." Senators Wyden and Hatch expressed support for advancing bipartisan legislation this year to help address some of the challenges of providing care in rural areas.

Konnie's testimony was submitted for the public record.

In the briefing room before the hearing, Konnie visits with Senator RobertsKonnie Martin testified at a hearing in DC on behalf of Rural Hospitals
The Senate Finance Committee is chaired by Senator Orrin Hatch
Konnie with AHA President Rick PollackCommittee Sign Konnie was accompanied on the trip to DC with Donna Wehe, Director of Communications at SLV Health
.  Sarah Macciarola, AHA Lobbyist, is behind Konnie, on the left. She helped with logistics and preparation for the HearingKonnie visited with CO US Senator Cory Gardner as they catch the same plane back to Colorado