Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director March 1, 2017 at 7:20 AM
I am very excited to announce the 2017 class of NPA A. Gene Copello Health Advocacy Fellows. These 10 amazing physicians represent a broad swath of health care from primary care to subspecialties and hail from all periods of a medical career including residency and near retirement.
We kicked off the fellowship at the Families USA conference earlier this month where fellows from: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Maine, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin interacted with key healthcare advocates from around the country. They also met with their Senators and Congressmembers on Capitol Hill urging them to protect health care gains made through the Affordable Care Act and find ways to expand access to equitable, affordable, high-quality health care for all.
The theme of this year’s fellowship is Physician Advocacy to Protect Health Care. I couldn’t be prouder in helping these physicians advocates make sure the voices of physicians calling for health policies that put people before profits are heard loud and clear. And, in the spirit of this year’s fellowship, I am asking you to join our new Copello Fellows in action:
1) Watch the President’s address to Congress this evening, or plan to read it tomorrow, and consider how health care proposals will impact your patients and ability to meet needs in your community. Also see A Look At Republican Intentions? Diving Into The Leaked ACA Replacement Bill, Health Affairs, 2/25/2017
2) Call your Senators and House Representative and urge them to oppose reforms that would reduce access to quality, affordable, health care and eliminate hard-won coverage expansion and consumer protections
3) Share your views on the impact of proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act on your patients and practice with your community by writing a Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed to your local paper
Find contact info for your congress members, new NPA fact sheets, links to local media outlets, and other resources here.
Stay tuned for more action resources including local action tool-kits as well as advocacy and media training for physicians.