Legislative Resources

Legislative Resources

Staying informed about important legislative issues that affect the health and welfare of children and their families is part of every pediatrician's duty to our profession. Always remember that your input into the political process on behalf of our young patients does make a difference! Here are some important links to help you stay up-to-date.

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Virginia General Assembly
Official website of the Virginia legislature

  • Use "Who's my legislator" to identify your representatives in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates
  • Find out how to contact your legislators by mail, phone, fax, or email
  • Track state legislation by bill number or using a key word
  • Access the Virginia Code

 

AAP Committee on State Government Affairs (COSGA)
Excellent site maintained by the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Extensive information on state legislative issues across the country
  • Model bills and state legislative reports
  • Excellent array of state legislative links
  • Links to online health care data


Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book
Important information about child health and well-being in America, including state-by-state data sheets.
Take a look!

Virginia Childhood Obesity Survey Report 2010
Current information about childhood obesity in Virginia

Our current State Representatives are:

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AAP Department of Federal Affairs
Log-in for AAP Members

  • Up-to-date information on federal legislative issues pending in Washington, D.C.
  • Sample letters to elected officials, how to contact your officials, and current issues and "talking points" to include in your communications
  • Feature to identify your congressional representatives using your zip code
  • Track the votes of your federal elected officials!
  • FAAN (Federal Advocacy Action Network) of interested pediatricians who wish to respond to federal legislative issues as they progress through the legislative process (you can join up right on this site!); this is a quick and easy way to communicate your concerns for children's health and welfare to Washington


Library of Congress: Thomas

  • Contact information and links to individual websites of your representatives
  • Track federal legislation by bill number or key word
  • Lots more, including an overview of the legislative process


Vote Smart: Identify your representatives in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

Our current Representative and Senators for the State of Virginia are:

Resources for Health Care Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation


Georgetown Center for Children and Families


Health Affairs


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Urban Institute


The Commonwealth Fund

Election Time!

Voting is one of the most important ways that you can effectively promote children's health care issues.

More Useful Links

Healthy People 2010

Rural Healthy People 2010

Too Close to Turn Back: Covering America's Children
Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University
Very readable summary of the current state of children's health insurance coverage, the important role of Medicaid and SCHIP, and the need to continue supporting these programs.

CAHMI Data Resource Center
The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) provides national and state-level findings from its 2005/06 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). "Point and click" online access to NS-CSHCN data on over 100 child health indicators. Select and download findings for various population subgroups including household income level, race/ethnicity, and insurance coverage. The NS-CSHCN is a national survey sponsored and designed by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and administered by the National Center for Health Statistics. The survey provides national and state-specific estimates for children with special health care needs, in combination with other information about their health, health care needs, and the quality of care CSHCN receive.