State Affairs

AAPM&R's grassroots advocacy efforts are designed to ensure that physiatrists are aware of the health care changes taking place both nationally and locally. Academy staff works with members on state-level issues important to physiatrists and their practices, including opioid prescribing and pain management, scope of practice, and affordable care act implementation. Your Academy aims to ensure that our member physiatrists are well equipped to be active and influential in a unified movement to advocate on important health care issues.

Your Academy is currently working to implement 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 implications at the national level. This strategy includes establishment of a State Advocacy Subcommittee (SAS) that will be housed under the Health Policy and Legislation (HPL) Committee. In many cases, the committee will reach out to member physiatrists (including State PM&R Presidents and CAC members) in the affected state for additional information and expertise and decide on an appropriate level of Academy involvement and response. The SAS will identify the state level issues that have been identified in the previous year and what issues may be expected in the coming year. More information coming soon.

Check Out Our Current State Initiatives

State Legislation

Your Academy actively monitors legislation proposed in all 50 states. Issues monitored include opioid prescribing and pain management, telemedicine, medical liability reform, and “truth in advertising”. This resource was created to keep members aware of the proposed legislation and to empower physiatrists to take action in their state.

Visit the Advocacy Action Center to see the most recent advocacy campaigns for your state.

Contact Britinia Galvin, bgalvin@aapmr.org to obtain more information on your Academy’s State Affairs.