HPCAI advocates all year on behalf of our members and works with legislators and state agencies to make sure home care has a voice in local government. The HPCAI Advocacy Committee sets the legislative agenda along with the HPCAI Board of Directors.The Advocacy Committee develops strategies to address these areas:
For more information on being involved with IAHC’s advocacy efforts, contact Erika Eckley and HPCAI.
Advocating for change at the state level is easier than you may think. On many issues, legislators receive little or no correspondence from their constituents. They are usually very receptive to individuals who are can better inform them on a topic in a clear and concise manner. During the session, HPCAI will often reach out to members through email and newsletters asking them to contact their legislators. Take a look at the information and give it serious consideration.
In addition to visiting with your legislators at the Statehose, there are many additional opportunities for HPCAI members to advocate and communicate the vision of Iowa’s hospice and palliative care agencies. One of the best ways to advocate on behalf of HPCAI and the hospice community is to meet with local legislators at forums. Forums are held throughout the session and give advocates across the state the ability to meet with local legislators in their area to discuss important topics.
HPCAI suggests that members specifically focus advocacy efforts on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee, Senate Appropriation Committee chairs, House Appropriation Committee chairs, the leadership and individual House and Senate members.