What is MHAPAC?
The Mississippi Hospital Association Political Action Committee (MHAPAC) is a non-partisan political voice for Mississippi hospitals created to preserve quality health care. MHAPAC was founded in 1984 to help encourage a stronger advocacy role and to achieve greater political influence in Mississippi. MHAPAC is an independent, non-profit
organization. It is not affiliated with any political party. Participation in MHAPAC is voluntary.
Why does MHA need a political action committee?
In Congress and across the country, health care issues have moved to the forefront of the legislative debate. Whether the issues involve Medicare and Medicaid funding, provider taxes, prescription drugs or medical malpractice, elected officials in Jackson and Washington, D.C. are looking for ways to control escalating costs of health care services, while at the same time ensuring continued quality.
It is imperative that MHA, as a voice for Mississippi hospitals, be able to provide our perspective to legislators on laws and regulations that promise to affect our membership. MHAPAC serves on the state level as one vital mechanism in these efforts.
The fundamental purpose of MHAPAC is to provide MHA with an additional tool to complement our legislative advocacy efforts. The reality is that the political campaign process creates the necessity for financial support to ensure any candidate’s election.
MHAPAC allows our members to help specific campaigns. Through MHAPAC, many individual voices become one large voice on legislative issues of concern to our hospital community and our patients.
Who can contribute?
Hospital staff, trustees and volunteers may join MHAPAC as personal members.
- Staff: All levels of hospital staff are encouraged to participate in MHAPAC. Small contributions from hospital staff go a long way toward helping MHAPAC meet its goals.
- Trustees: A hospital’s Board of Trustees is involved in planning its future. Trustees are responsible for critical decisions about services and quality of care. Trustees have a deep understanding of the challenges faced by Mississippi hospitals. Trustees are natural advocates for hospitals and their willingness to support MHAPAC is key.
- Volunteers: Volunteers already donate both time and energy to the delivery of health care in the hospital. Their commitment and devotion extend to many areas. Becoming a member of MHAPAC is an important way to extend service to their hospital.
Where does my contribution go?
MHAPAC funds are used to contribute to political campaigns and support involvement of MHA members in the political process. The MHAPAC Board of Directors governs the activities and funding for the PAC. MHAPAC provides support for candidates running for state office.
On the federal level, 50% of eligible personal contributions are transferred to the American Hospital Association’s Political Action Committee (AHAPAC) for support of federal campaigns. AHA eligible contributions are individual contributions by hospital executives, volunteers and trustees. This is the only way MHAPAC is permitted to contribute to campaigns for federal office.