Use these steps to contact your elected officials to ask them to support the bipartisan Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act (HR 1542/S 1533). Overall, be persistent but polite!
Central message: Bipartisan legislation to modernize and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, enhance patient choice, and reduce the federal budget deficit.
Step 1. Identify your US representative/senators. On APMA's eAdvocacy website, your elected officials are identified on the right side of the page.
Step 2. Determine if your elected officials are already cosponsors of our legislation.
If your representative is already a cosponsor, then no further action is required at this time. If your representative is not a cosponsor, then we need your collective phone calls to urge that he or she sign on. It is important to keep it simple, so when speaking with congressional staff members, refer to bill number HR 1542 if you are speaking to a House office, or S 1533 if you are speaking to a Senate office.
Step 3. Call the Capitol switchboard (202-225-3121) to get your phone call connected to the appropriate Senate or House office. Alternatively, from eAdvocacy, you can find direct-dial information by clicking the "View Profile" link under the photos on the right side of the screen.
Step 4. Greet the staff member answering the phone by providing your name and stating that you are a constituent and a podiatric physician from (city/county, state), and ask to be connected to the senior staff member responsible for health policy issues. If you are asked what your call is regarding, say "bipartisan legislation to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, and enhance patient access to specialty foot and ankle care" and that you would like to discuss the representative's support.
Step 5. If you get connected to voicemail, leave your name and where you live and ask that the person please call you back at a time and phone number convenient to you "to discuss support for HR 1542/S 1533, The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act."
Step 6. If you get connected live to health-care staff, here are some helpful talking points for your discussion. Be sure to review these points prior to making your call(s).
Hello, my name is _________. As a constituent and a podiatric physician, I am calling to request that the congressman/woman cosponsor the Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act (HR 1542/S 1533).
Who introduced the bill?
What does the bill do?
There are three legs to this bill. This common-sense, bipartisan legislation will modernize and strengthen Medicaid and Medicare by:
This important legislation puts an end to arbitrary treatment under the Medicaid program, and ensures a full range of choices for foot and ankle medical care needs.
LOWERING COSTS FOR MEDICAID
Podiatric physicians have a proven track record for preserving the mobility of patients, for reducing costly emergency room and hospital visits, and for preventing even more costly amputations.
Who else supports the bill?
The HELLPP Act has garnered support from a number of health professional and patient advocacy organizations such as
Does anyone oppose the bill?
The American Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association are neutral on this legislation.
More background and information can be accessed at www.apma.org/saving.
Also, please do not hesitate to contact APMA’s Director of Legislative Advocacy, Benjamin J. Wallner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-581-9231.
I would greatly appreciate your boss signing on as a cosponsor to the bipartisan HELLPP Act (HR 1542/S 1533).
Step 7. Reaction
Step 8. This is the most important step. Please contact APMA's legislative advocacy staff to close the loop and let us know that you made this contact with your elected officials, and the outcome of your calls.
And it's always a good plan to visit APMA's eAdvocacy website to take action on this important legislation today!
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Visit APMA's eAdvocacy website to take action on this important legislation today!