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State Advocacy Subcommittee (SAS) Member

AAPM&R is currently searching for 1 volunteer representative who is enthusiastic about state policy issues and advocacy. Last year, AAPM&R implemented a new state advocacy strategy to create a formal system to monitor and respond to advocacy issues that arise at an individual state level and have potential implications at the national level. This strategy included establishment of the State Advocacy Subcommittee (SAS), housed under the Health Policy and Legislation (HP&L) Committee.

There is an application process to join the SAS. The selected subcommittee member will preferably be from the Midwest or South regions of the United States to ensure balanced representation of Academy membership. The selected member will also preferably have demonstrated advocacy experience at the state or federal level. Applicants should be fellow members of the Academy.  

The SAS is charged with identifying and responding to state level issues in a timely manner. In many cases, the committee will reach out to physiatrists (including the State President or CAC member) in the affected state for additional information and expertise and decide on an appropriate level of Academy involvement and response.

Tentative topics to be addressed:

  • Pain management and opioids
  • Scope of practice
  • Reimbursement issues
  • Maintenance of Certification Legislation
  • Affordable Care Act and Essential Health Benefits (not covered by HP&L at large)

HP&L and the SAS may also develop position papers on the most common state-level issues so that state members are more empowered to respond and advocate on a local level. SAS members may also be asked to author brief articles or blog posts that can be used to inform members about state issues and/or the work of the Committee.  

Committee Participation: The term of service for this position is 2 years. 

Expected Travel: SAS members are not expected to travel for subcommittee meetings, except for the in-person meeting at the Annual Assembly. SAS members may be asked to attend hearings in their state. 

Conference Calls and Email Correspondence: SAS members are expected to participate on monthly conference calls to discuss timely issues. Correspondence via email also occurs, as needed. 

For additional information, please contact healthpolicy@aapmr.org to indicate your interest in this opportunity. Please submit the following requisite materials no later than Friday, April 27, 2018:

  1. Online Application 

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