Advocates Move to Reinforce Legislative Relationships

AAHomecare, state associations, VGM, MED work to identify a primary and secondary contact for every member lawmaker.

As HME providers and industry advocates push to recruit Representatives to sign on as H.R. 4229 co-sponsors before they leave for recess after Dec. 14, the industry is working hard to reinforce relationships with lawmakers.

To accomplish that, the American Association for Homecare’s State Leaders Council is working with state and regional HME associations, The MED Group, VGM, and AAHomecare members to identify a primary and secondary assigned contact for every member of Congress.

These industry contacts will establish relationships with their assigned member by:

  • Being the primary educational resource on industry issues for each Congress member.
  • Setting up meetings, including visits to providers, with legislators when they’re in their local districts.
  • Making regular calls updating each lawmaker’s legislative assistant on HME issues.
  • Asking for support and co-sponsorship of HME legislation.

“Remember, our elected officials are people who value relationships too,” notes Doug Coleman, CEO of multiple HME companies in Colorado, chairman of AAHomecare’s State Leaders Council, and a champion of this effort. “They need help getting elected, and their constituents’ concerns matter to them.

“These relationships are very easy to build with some members and are a bit more challenging with others,” he continued. “By investing just a few minutes weekly or monthly, you will be successful. Working together, we will make a difference for our industry and each other.”

AAHomecare reports it recently reached out to its members in states where it needed assistance on this project, but noted it wants to hear from any its members that have developed strong relationships with Representatives and Senators. Providers wishing to contribute to the effort should contact Ashley Plauche at ashleyp@aahomecare.org.

About the Author

David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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