Discussion- local, state, and federal advocacy
In order to improve healthcare through legislation at the state or federal level, there are several advocacy actions I might take. For example, I could volunteer with an organization that works to advocate for improved health care access and resources such as a nonprofit focused on expanding Medicaid coverage or increasing funding for community health centers. Additionally, I could reach out to my local representatives and share my story of how inadequate healthcare has impacted me in order to demonstrate why improving healthcare is important and offer suggestions on specific solutions they can support such as passing bills that would expand insurance coverage or create more affordable prescription drug plans.
I could also organize events in my community which raise awareness about healthcare disparities and invite speakers to discuss what needs to be done in terms of policy changes. Additionally, I could work directly with policy makers by attending hearings, testifying before legislative committees, or providing expertise as a subject matter expert when it comes to certain issues related to healthcare such as affordability or access. Finally, I could join a coalition of other advocates from across the country who are working together towards common goals involving improving health care through legislation at the state and federal levels.