Home Care & Hospice Experts Provide Advocacy Priorities and Strategies for Capitol Hill Visits at the March on Washington
April 5, 2016 11:26 AM
Home care and hospice advocates on Monday, April 4, heard from a panel of policy experts regarding advocacy priorities and strategies in advance of their Capitol Hill visits, at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 March on Washington Conference. The session went into detail at the “granular level” on the home care and hospice priorities. The panelists explained the ins-and-outs of each priority issue featured in the “hotsheets” that NAHC developed (available here) and provided effective strategies to assist advocates with their Capitol Hill visits.
Richard D. Brennan, Vice President for Government Relations, encouraged attendees to use NAHC’s Legislative Action Center in combination with their Capitol Hill visits. Brennan said attendees can “mirror” their in-person meeting efforts by engaging with their Members of Congress through the Legislative Action Center. NAHC has invested in this resource so that advocates have the ability to easily contact their Members of Congress via social media regarding priority issues. Access the Legislative Action Center here.
In addition, Brennan said advocates should try to connect with their Members of Congress on an “analytical” as well as “emotional” level by sharing personal stories. “We talked about how there is the analytical side of this and the emotional side of this, and you have to be able to meet with your Member of Congress on both levels,” Brennan said.
Many Members of Congress have had an experience with home care and hospice. “If you’re able to personalize” and establish “a level of interest,” Brennan said, “that’s the first step.” The next step is more difficult, Brennan said, which is to get the Member of Congress to demonstrate the level of support demonstrated by the home care and hospice champions speaking at the Senate breakfast. “Make it as personal as possible,” Brennan said.
The panelist also provided additional details and information regarding the legislative priority “hotsheets” that NAHC developed to support home care and hospice advocates with their Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday.
To access the Medicare Hotsheet, please click here.
To access the Medicaid Hotsheet, please click here.
To access the Hospice Hotsheet, please click here.
To access the Private Duty Home Care Hotsheet, please click here.
To access the Technology Hotsheet, please click here.