State Affairs and Legislation


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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 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 implications at the national level. This strategy included establishment of the State Advocacy Committee (SAC), housed under the Health Policy and Legislation (HPL) Committee. When state legislative or advocacy issues arise, the committee often contacts member physiatrists (including State PM&R Presidents and CAC members) in the state for additional information and expertise and decide on an appropriate level of Academy involvement and response.

AAPM&R Members Only: View State Legislative Reports

Take advantage of this exclusive AAPM&R member benefit! Each interactive map, linked below, provides current information on key state legislative issues pertinent to physiatrists. The maps allow users to view the current status of relevant bills, view bill text and summary (if available), view author/sponsor information, and view upcoming hearing information.

All Issues Map
Scope of Practice
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing

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

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