Advocacy

Overview

The Association of Academic Physiatrists created a Public Policy Committee to advocate with the assistance of the membership on issues related to research conduct and funding, undergraduate and graduate medical education, and other related issues.

The Public Policy Committee monitors federal legislative and regulatory developments, and suggests positions to be voted on by the Board of Trustees.

 

Representatives of Interest

The AAP Public Policy Committee maintains a listing of key members of interest in the House, Senate, and relevant committees.


U.S. House of Representatives
Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) - Chair of Energy and Commerce
Greg Walden (R-OR) - Ranking Member of Energy and Commerce
Anna Eshoo (D-CA) - Chair of Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee
Michael Burgess (R-TX) - Ranking Member of Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee
Richard Neal (D-MA) - Chair of Ways and Means
Kevin Brady (R-TX) - Ranking Member of Ways and Means
Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) - Chair of Ways and Means, Health Subcommittee
Devin Nunes (R-CA) - Ranking Member of Ways and Means, Health Subcommittee
Mark Takano (D-CA) - Chair of Veterans Affairs Committee
Phil Roe (R-TN) - Ranking Member of Veterans Affairs Committee
U.S. Senate
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) - Chair of Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP)
Patty Murray (D-WA) - Ranking Member of HELP
Chuck Grassley (R-IA) - Chair of Finance
Ron Wyden (D-OR) - Ranking Member of Finance
John Cornyn (R-TX) - Chair of Finance, Health Subcommittee
Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA) - Ranking Member of Finance, Health Subcommittee
Johnny Isakson (R-GA) - Chair of Veterans Affairs Committee
Jon Tester (D-MT) - Ranking Member of Veterans Affairs Committee
Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee
Republicans by Rank
Lamar Alexander (TN) - Chair
Michael Enzi (WY)
Richard Burr (NC)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
Rand Paul (KY)
Susan Collins (ME)
Bill Cassidy, MD (LA)
Pat Roberts (KS)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Tim Scott (SC)
Mitt Romney (UT)
Mike Braun (IN)

Democrats by Rank
Patty Murray (WA)
Bernie Sanders (VT)
Robert Casey, Jr. (PA)
Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Christopher Murphy (CT)
Elizabeth Warren (MA)
Tim Kaine (VA)
Maggie Hassan (NH)
Tina Smith (MN)
Doug Jones (AL)
Jacky Rosen (NV)
House Energy & Commerce Committee/ Energy Subcommittee on Health
Democrats by Rank
Anna Eshoo (CA) - Chair
Eliot Engel (NY)
G.K. Butterfield (NC)
Doris Matsui (CA)
Kathy Castor (FL)
John Sarbanes (MD)
Ben Ray Lujan (NM)
Kurt Schrader (OR)
Joseph Kennedy, III (MA)
Tony Cardenas (CA)
Peter Welch (VT)
Raul Ruiz (CA)
Debbie Dingell (MI)
Ann Kuster (NH)
Robin Kelly (IL)
Nanette Diaz Barragan (CA)
Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE)
Bobby Rush (IL)
Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ) - Ex Officio

Republicans by Rank
Michael Burgess (TX) - Ranking Member
Fred Upton (MI)
John Shimkus (IL)
Brett Guthrie (KY)
H. Morgan Griffith (VA)
Gus Bilirakis (FL)
Billy Long (MO)
Larry Bucshon (IN)
Susan Brooks (IN)
Markwayne Mullin (OK)
Richard Hudson (NC)
Buddy Carter (GA)
Greg Gianforte (MT)
Greg Walden (OR) – Ex Officio

Sign-On Letters

The AAP periodically supports and signs on to legislative letters.

Contact Your Representative

Your elected officials need to hear from you! Legislators are greatly influenced by what they know and opinions they hear - especially from the people they represent. By communicating with a state legislator or a member of Congress, you can have a profound impact on the government policies that most affect your specialty.

They hear from constituents and special interest groups about many diverse issues ranging from education to transportation to foreign policy. They also need to hear from physicians that treat people with disabilities and chronic conditions. Do not assume they know all the facts or challenges for these patients in your community. It is incumbent upon you to provide them with the information they need to fully understand.

You should communicate with legislators from around your state, not just the elected representative from your district. It is important to represent the people you treat.

Suggested Steps

#1: Find out who represents you!

The beginning of a new Congress is an ideal time to introduce (or reintroduce) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, but it is never too late to educate your representative.

  • Send an email or letter introducing yourself and educating on the specialty of physiatry. Let the representative know that you are able to answer questions and comment on issues relating to PM&R.
  • Create a relationship with your member of Congress.
  • Extend an invitation for a visit to your practice/facility.

#2: Keep your legislators informed about your practice and facility.

Find opportunities to send positive articles and information about PM&R (such as press clips, success stories, etc.) a few times a year.

#3: Communicate clearly about relevant legislation – do not assume that they know where you stand.

Communicate if you are for or against a piece of legislation. Thank the legislator for supporting any relevant legislation.

#4: Choose a communication method that fits the urgency of the issue.

Communication methods receive different priority levels on Capitol Hill. The best way to communicate is in person. We understand that it may be hard to visit the Hill to discuss issues, so alternate ways to communicate (in order of priority) are below.

  • In Person – in person meetings are the most effective.
  • Telephone Calls – Phone calls are effective because they provide an opportunity to talk directly to the staff, which reinforces your relationship with the office.
  • Email – Email is particularly effective if you communicate directly through a staff’s individual email address, or if you are mobilizing a large number of people through the legislator’s website.
  • Fax – While an old school method, faxed letters can be effective as they are likely to be given to the legislative staff immediately.
  • Letter Writing – Use letters primarily to accompany information packets, articles, etc. because postal mail arrives slowly to Capitol Hill offices.