Healthcare has been a fiery debate for sometime now in U.S. politics, and this has affected nonprofit health associations. Congressional Republicans’ and President Trump’s continuing desire to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has forced many nonprofit healthcare organizations to delay and/or revise plans for current and future programs. Additionally, many health-focused nonprofits have decided to cut costs or change fundraising strategies.
During stable policy environments, healthcare organizations usually lay out multi-year operating plans that prioritize their investments, such as new clinics, medical wings, and technology, or other projects that help draw in more patients and increase revenue. Unfortunately, 2017 has been a noticeably different year for the healthcare world.
For example, in 2017, Denver Health Medical Center has deferred $73.7 million worth of construction projects that had been planned to serve more low income residents, many of whom were newly insured under Obamacare. It is not alone. Nationwide, hospitals are shifting to a more traditional stance as they await sweeping changes to the nation’s healthcare law that could for the first time in U.S. history reverse a government healthcare entitlement program.
“The problem that we’re having right now… is the instability in the funding,” Jose Camacho, executive director of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers said to The Hill earlier in the year. “You’ve got a lot of money that goes to health centers that’s on the table, and unless we’re able to resolve those issues, then I think we’re going to have some problems,” he continued. Health-focused nonprofits are anxiously anticipating the amount of funding as well as the number of patients they may lose in the upcoming years. As a consequence of the ambiguity of the GOP healthcare plan, many organizations have decided to cut their spending until further notice.
The flip side of the uncertainty in healthcare legislation as been a corresponding increase in fundraising activity, especially DIY fundraising to help both the organizations and people affected by the changing healthcare landscape. Rallybound works with many health-focused organizations, from nonprofits raising funds for cancer research to children’s hospitals, and we are acutely aware of the challenges that nonprofits are facing – and may continue to face in the future. If your organization is looking for help to implement innovative solutions, please let us know!