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
Greg Walden (R-OR) - Chair of Energy and Commerce
Frank Pallone (D-NJ) - Ranking Member of Energy and Commerce
Michael Burgess (R-TX) - Chair of Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee
Gene Green (D-TX) - Ranking Member of Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee
Kevin Brady (R-TX) - Chair of Ways and Means
Richard Neal (D-MA) - Ranking Member of Ways and Means
Peter Roskam (R-IL) - Chair, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee
Sandy Levin (D-MI) - Ranking Member of Ways and Means Health Subcommittee
Phil Roe (R-TN) - Chair of Veterans Affairs Committee
Tim Walz (D-MN) - Ranking Member of Veterans Affairs Committee
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) - Chair of Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee
Julia Brownley (D-CA) - Ranking Member of Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee
U.S. Senate
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) - Chair of Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP)
Patty Murray (D-WA) - Ranking Member of HELP
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) - Chair of Finance
Ron Wyden (D-OR) - Ranking Member of Finance
Pat Toomey (R-PA) - Chair of Finance Health Subcommittee
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) - 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 B. Enzi (WY)
Richard Burr (NC)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
Rand Paul (KY)
Susan Collins (ME)
Bill Cassidy, MD (LA)
Todd Young (IN)
Orrin Hatch (UT)
Pat Roberts (KS)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Tim Scott (SC)

Democrats by Rank
Patty Murray (WA)
Bernie Sanders (VT)
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
Michael F. Bennet (CO)
Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Christopher S. Murphy (CT)
Elizabeth Warren (MA)
Tim Kaine (VA)
Maggie Hassan (NH)
Tina Smith (MN)
Doug Jones (AL)
House Energy & Commerce Committee/ Energy Subcommittee on Health
Republicans by Rank
Michael Burgess (TX) - Chair
Brett Guthrie (KY) – Vice Chair
Joe Barton (TX)
Fred Upton (MI)
John Shimkus (IL)
Marsha Blackburn (TN)
Robert Latta (OH)
Cathy McMorris Rodger (WA)
Leonard Lance (NJ)
Morgan Griffith (VA)
Gus Bilirakis (FL)
Billy Long (MO)
Larry Bucshon (IN)
Susan Brooks (IN)
Markwayne Mullin (OK)
Richard Hudson (NC)
Chris Collins (NY)
Buddy Carter (GA)
Greg Walden (OR) – Ex Officio

Democrats by Rank
Gene Green (TX) - Ranking Member
Eliot L. Engel (NY)
Jan Schakowsky (IL)
G.K. Butterfield (NC)
Doris Matsui (CA)
Kathy Castor (FL)
John Sarbanes (MD)
Ben Lujan (NM)
Kurt Schrader (OR)
Joe Kennedy, III (MA)
Tony Cardenas (CA)
Anna Eshoo (CA)
Diana Degette (CO)
Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ)

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 the 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.