Public Policy & Advocacy

Public Policy & Advocacy

Public Policy & Advocacy

The collective power of our $23 billion faith-based voice on Capitol Hill plays a crucial role in advancing policies that improve lives. Together, we ensure that our voices are heard for millions of people experiencing need.


Our public policy and advocacy work creates a multiplier effect, enabling our network members to work together to build Congressional and administration support for policies and funding that improve the health and well-being of people, combat systemic racism and address inequities—so all communities can thrive.


300 health and human
services organizations in
1,400 communities



Share your opinions with Congress through our action alerts.

Current action alert: As CMS launches staffing study, urge them to reconsider SNF minimum staffing requirements

Legislative Priorities

We leverage the strength of 300 health and human services organizations through advocacy on public policy issues critical to children, older adults, families, people with disabilities, veterans, refugees and others experiencing need in the United States.

Our current legislative priorities are:

  1. Strengthening the nonprofit health and human services sector,
  2. Ensuring equitable health outcomes for all people in America, and
  3. Strengthening the direct care workforce.

Key Issues

Direct Care Workforce Crisis: Faith-based long-term care providers like our network members are experiencing a critical workforce shortage that has led to reduced services for older adults and people with disabilities, as well as program cut-backs and closures. The longstanding issue of inadequate Medicaid reimbursements and the COVID-19 pandemic have only exacerbated this problem.

Learn more about our efforts to address this issue:

Advocacy alert

Letter to CMS administrator

Survey on workforce issue

Identify Your Congressional Lawmakers


We developed an interactive national member organization map along with fact sheets for every state, which our members and partners can leverage to illustrate the strength of our network. 


Advocacy Correspondence

We send letters to government officials and Members of Congress highlighting support for our concerns about actions and legislation, as well as submit comments on rules and regulations proposed by federal agencies and the impact they would have on our network member organizations and the people for whom they care.

Get timely updates on what’s going on with Lutheran Services in America and our nationwide network of member organizations.


Sarah Dobson
Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy