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Brief description in how legislators create change in current law
The legislative division of government is task with issues that concerns creating policies that impacts health care. Legislators are vital supporting and delivering policies that are voiced by members within their districts. Making changes in current law can be a challenging process, the development and execution of different policy happens in a circular cycle for example (1) concerns are voiced by members within constituent, (2) Policy in regards to concerns are shaped, (3) Members of constituent express their support, (4) legislators begin formulating decisions, and (5) legislators make decisions and policies are created (Congress.gov, 2020).
How could you communicate or meet with legislators if you were seeking change?
Communicating or meeting with legislator is a simple process, many legislators are known to be out and about in the community at local and sponsored events. Legislators contact information is also posted on the internet, and many can be reached by emails. As doctoral prepared and advance practice nurse practitioners it is imperative that we understand the different ways to communicate with our legislators, they are key in assisting us in making changes in health care policies.
Discuss the importance of health care providers and their influence in changing policy
As advance practice nurses (APRNs) many of us are cognizant of the health care market and challenges that impact what we do and the patients we take care of daily, and that changes are need to increase quality of care and also changes that impact our profession. APRNs can influence change in health policy be continuing to advocate for change on a individual basis or advocate through an established organization. Abood (2007) discussed that having the ability to effectively apply and influence change in regard to health care policy, APRNs must have the ability to exert power and understanding wherever they are and when to use that power to influence change.
Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia have been known to be fighter for access to health care for citizens of Virginia. He believes that health care should be universal, and every Americans should have equal access to health care. Senator Kaine have been actively advocating for changes in regard to the opioid epidemic impacting the United States and Virginia citizens. He is known to support legislation that are aimed at decreasing opioid morbidity and mortality, and increase assess to naloxone.
Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia have also been known to support legislations that impact health care. He has introduce bills, and have been a strong supporter of the Affordable care bill and have introduce legislations that supported preexisting illness and increase access to care.
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