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Contact Your Elected Officials

Who Represents You

At the federal level you are represented in Congress by one U.S. Representative from your district and two U.S. Senators from Michigan. At the state level you are represented by one State Representative and one State Senator from your district.

 

Find Your Elected Officials

Not sure who represents you? Click here and then enter your Zip code to find your U.S. Senators and Representative, and your State Senator and Representative.

 

Get to Know Your Elected Officials

When building relationships with your elected officials, it is critical to know as much about them as possible. Their websites are a wealth of information about their voting record, the committees they are assigned to, the issues that interest them, and their careers prior to being elected. Learn about your elected officials at these websites:

Elected officials know that their constituents who take time to visit, call, or write also vote—especially those who do so repeatedly. Elected officials also welcome their constituents’ expertise and perspective. There are many ways to communicate with your elected officials:

Congressional Committees of Importance to Health Centers

Committees are an important part of the legislative process. Committee members consider bills and issues and oversee agencies, programs, and activities within their jurisdiction. Below is a list of Congressional committees whose decisions impact America's Health Centers.

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations

Legislation that appropriates funds must be passed by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and signed by the President. The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations writes legislation originating in the House that allocates federal funds to the numerous government agencies, departments, and organizations on an annual basis. Overview of the annual federal budget process. 

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Drafts legislation to allocate funds to government agencies within its jurisdiction, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which oversees the Health Center Program.

U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce

The U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce has the broadest jurisdiction of any Congressional authorizing committee, which includes oversight of public health research, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration, among others. 

Subcommittee on Health
Has jurisdiction over public health, mental health, health information technology and privacy, public health insurance (Medicare, Medicaid) and private health insurance, medical malpractice and medical malpractice insurance, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indian Health Service, and more.

U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means

This the chief tax-writing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and it oversees revenue-related aspects of the Social Security system, Medicare, and social services programs. Michigan's Congressman Sander Levin is ranking member.

Subcommittee on Health
Its jurisdiction includes bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to programs providing payments (from any source) for health care.

U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

Legislation that actually appropriates funds must be passed by both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives and signed by the President. The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations writes legislation originating in the Senate that allocates federal funds to the numerous government agencies, departments, and organizations on an annual basis. Overview of the annual federal budget process. 

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Drafts legislation to allocate funds to government agencies within its jurisdiction, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which oversees the Health Center Program.

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Its jurisdiction encompasses most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 

Subcommittee on Primary Health & Aging
Has oversight over many issues, including Health Centers, oral health, and health care disparities.

U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

Has jurisdiction over health programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. 

Subcommittee on Health

 

Michigan Legislature Committees of Importance to Health Centers

Below is a list of committees within the Michigan Legislature whose decisions impact Michigan Health Centers.

Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee

Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee

Subcommittee on Department of Community Health
Discusses, analyzes, and revises legislation with monetary implications for the Michigan Department of Community Health before being presented to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for action.

Michigan House Health Policy Committee

Michigan House Appropriations Committee

Subcommittee on Community Health
Discusses, analyzes, and revises legislation with monetary implications for the Michigan Department of Community Health before being presented to the full House Appropriations Committee for action.

Health Center Advocacy Resources

Housed within the MPCA website is a wealth of educational and resource materials on a variety of topics relevant to Michigan Health Centers and the delivery of primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. To access Health Center Advocacy Resources you may search the website by keyword using the search field at the top of this page, or you may search the Health Center Advocacy Resources webpage.

 

More Information

The following MPCA staff members are available to help arrange visits with your elected officials, prepare comments and testimony, and make you feel comfortable advocating for your Health Center:

 

J. Ryan Grinnell-Ackerman, MPA
Government Affairs Manager
rgrinnell@mpca.net
517.827.0884

 

 
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