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State Affairs and Legislation

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 implementing 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 Subcommittee (SAS), 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 may be expected in the coming year.

 2019 State Advocacy Goals

  • Enhance the PM&R network in individual states while also increasing the awareness of PM&R:
    • Increased collaboration with state medical societies on relevant issues.
    • Identify AAPM&R members to serve as key contacts for the Academy to assist in advocacy efforts.
    • Identify AAPM&R members to serve as a CAC Representatives in each state/region.
  • Promote legislative proprieties on both State and Federal legislation to increase member awareness and engagement on local issues.
  • Creation of new educational resources for members to learn how to engage in state advocacy.

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.

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

 Current State Initiatives

Contact healthpolicy@aapmr.org to obtain more information on your Academy’s State Affairs.