Physicians have a powerful voice to speak to health policy issues but they must take a seat at the table.
Emergency physicians are on the front lines of health care. We serve patients no matter the time, day, or place, regardless of ability to pay. We understand and manage patients deeply affected by social determinants of health and are often the first instrument in addressing national health problems.
Emergency physicians are experts in crisis management, stabilization and adapt to treat patients with whatever resources they have. We are masters at treating those affected by natural disasters, disease outbreaks, trauma, substance use disorders, homelessness and provide a point of health care when patients are unable to obtain it anywhere else.
We are the crux of hospital admissions, readmissions, and healthcare resource utilization.
Emergency physicians intimately understand the barriers patients face to get primary health care and the medications they need. Advocating for patients goes beyond the doors of the Emergency Department.
We are the health safety net of our nation. Our voice and actions matter.
Review how bills are introduced at the national level and the legislative process:
Find bills on topics you're interested in at: www.congress.gov
Bills are introduced and heard in Congress based upon topic and which committee is assigned or has jurisdiction of the particular issue.
Committees have their own staff in addition to the member staff and are responsible for developing, analyzing and driving policies that are introduced in the committees.
The Congressional Committees that oversee health care:
Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health
Ways & Means: Subcommittee on Health
Departments implementing the No Surprises Act:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) - a center within CMS that works to implement the ACA, on provisions related to private health insurance and health insurer marketplaces.
Department of Labor (DOL):
U.S. Treasury Department (USDT):
Call or Write
Voicing your opinion on the issues to your state's lawmakers makes a huge impact. You can call, send a snail mail letter, or email to get your thoughts heard.
Find your Congressional representatives' and senators' contact information.
Tweet it up
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Find your national Congressional representatives and senators.
Look to your state and national professional and specialty organizations for upcoming advocacy days.
Advocacy days are an excellent way to meet with lawmakers, their staff and amplify your message.