Public Policy and Advocacy Committee

  • Raphael

    Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
    Jean Raphael, MD, MPH (2020)
    Texas Children's Hospital
    6701 Fannin
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: (832) 822-3441

Dear colleagues,

We are all acutely aware of the ACA repeal and potential rollback of Medicaid expansion. With the announcement of the CBO score this week, we are looking at tens of millions of people losing their insurance and a cut to Medicaid of $880 billion, or 25%, over the next ten years. Recognizing that more than 30 million children and half of all births are covered by Medicaid, these proposed cuts will inevitably harm children, especially low income families, and puts comprehensive benefits under EPSDT at risk.

The APA has helped to craft a letter with the Pediatric Policy Council voicing strong opposition to the legislation as currently written. Attached is an action alert that provides facts and taking points to be shared with your legislators and congress members. Many of us are already taking action since there is truly no time to spare. This is not just a federal policy concern. With the financing changes as written, the expectation is that insurmountable costs will shift to states. Therefore, is it important that as child health advocates we approach not only our Senators and Representatives, but also Governors and state legislators. The conversation to date among policy makers has had little to do with impacts upon children. Now is a moment for us to put children at the forefront and insist that new legislation does no harm to children.

Click here to read the full Action Alert form the Pediatric Policy Council

Thanks for all that you do.


Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC)

The APA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC) consists of dozens of APA members from across the nation who collectively advocate for child health policy issues at the federal and state levels. Through the enthusiastic work of PPAC members (and in partnership with the Public Policy Council, a consortium of pediatric organizations), the APA reviews, signs onto, and occasionally writes major child health policy letters that reach key members of the House, Senate, and Department of Health and Human Services. At critical moments, PPAC coordinates APA-wide action alerts urging individuals to contact their legislators. PPAC also helps the APA Board and other APA groups with the creation and review of both publicly disseminated policy statements and internal APA policies. Finally, PPAC sponsors a prestigious Public Policy and Advocacy Award to honor those who have truly transformed the child health policy and advocacy landscape in the United States. Membership in the committee is open to all APA members! Please contact Paul Chung (PPAC Chair) to be added onto the mailing list.

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Stand Your Ground Laws
The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held a rescheduled hearing on Oct. 29 concerning "Stand Your Ground" laws following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who used such a law in Florida in his defense in the killing of teen Trayvon Martin. Evidence suggests that the laws increase the risk of harm to children by incentivizing the impulsive use of lethal force in public areas, and the fact that all 50 states have some form of concealed carry law only exacerbates these risks.

The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) drafted written testimony for the hearing and the Pediatric Policy Council (PPC), the American Pediatric Society (APS), and the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) endorsed the statement urging repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws in 26 states due to documented disproportionate effects on youth and minorities.

Testimony included statements supporting repeal of the laws by Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), with Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) testifying in support of "Stand Your Ground" laws. The second panel included a mix of political and legal scholars as well as Sybrina Fulton and Lucia McBath, the mothers of victims Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Panelists in support of the "Stand Your Ground" laws cited their importance in allowing individuals to defend themselves in potentially deadly situations while those testifying in opposition indicated the laws contradict an individual's fundamental duty to retreat from dangerous situations.

October 2014 Newsletter Article

It's that time again-the peak of election season when political fervor is visible from debates to yard signs and op-eds to attack ads. Our opinions and beliefs are our own to express, publicly or privately, but they will be measured by a single definitive action-our vote. The APA takes seriously the necessity to advocate for children and child health. With that, we support you to take advantage of your civic responsibility to vote and also encourage your patients to vote and be engaged in the health of their communities.

Now on the website, Rx to Vote materials are once again available for your clinic and for sharing with your patients. You will find Rx's in English and Spanish, as well as Rx's for teens/young adults. There are ballots for children, and we!ve also made available links to posters for your practice and templates for "I voted for KIDS today!" stickers produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Every vote makes a difference! We hope you will offer these materials in your clinical setting and encourage patients, colleagues, friends and families to get out and vote.

Shale Wong
Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair

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